When either or both partners in a relationship are feeling fatigued, the majority (66%) of those surveyed are more likely to watch TV rather than talk about their day with their partner (13%) or make the effort to enjoy a romantic dinner with their partner (3%).
Psychotherapist and relationship counsellor, Melissa Ferrari, says that while it may be difficult to discuss with your partner, having an honest conversation about sleep quality could improve your physical and mental health as well as your relationship.
“A lack of sleep makes us grumpy, leads to arguments, creating friction in relationships. The partners of people with sleep apnoea are at risk of, and often do, become clinically sleep deprived due to having their sleep constantly disrupted,”
“This disruption to our sleep patterns often ends with a decision made to sleep in separate beds, which can lead to an emotional withdrawal from each other, potentially triggering abandonment issues and a break down of connection.”
“My advice is as soon as a lack of sleep is becoming an issue, or you have detected a potential sleeping disorder in either yourself or your partner, as a priority speak with your partner, discuss the impact it is having on you both individually and as a couple and seek treatment before fatigue has a negative impact on your relationship.”