Literature Review: Stress and Relationship Satisfaction; Sleep and Positive and Negative
Each year over 30 percent of adults experience some amount of sleep loss
Heart Lung, 2003).
Getting just one hour less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep for adults
will have a big impact on a person the next day (National Heart Lung, 2003).
It is important to
understand why this sleep loss is occurring and what the ramifications of sleep loss are.
Better Sleep Council’s Sleep Statistics report that the top reason that Americans lose sleep is
from stress (“Sleep Statistics”, 2009).
Not only does stress affect sleep, but it also affects
relationship satisfaction (Cohan and Bradley, 1997).
Surprisingly, little is known about how loss
of sleep or adequate amounts of sleep affects relationship satisfaction.
Many lifestyles can create a sleepless or stressful environment.
studentsherestudents, there are many major events, such as homecoming, midterms, finals, work,
and late night studying, which can reduce the recommended 8 hours of sleep, sometimes all the
way to a mere 0 hours of sleep.
Taking this into consideration, college students are likely to be
subjected toin high stress, sleep deprived environments; and many of these students are in
Not only do college students lose sleep, but new parents lose sleep due to their
newborn baby that wakes up every few hours; they as well are in high stress environments where
sleep is a luxury.
There are also adults with demanding, stressful jobs, such as lawyers, doctors,
engineers, and teachers.
So many people in America lose sleep, and yet so little research is done
on its affect on relationship satisfaction.
In order for Americans to improve their relationships,
they need to know understand the causes forsources of their low relationship satisfaction.