FINAL RM - Running Head: SLEEP AND SATISFACTION 1 Sleep’s...

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Unformatted text preview: Running Head: SLEEP AND SATISFACTION 1 Sleep’s Effect on Couple Satisfaction Angela Cochrane and Kylor Brice Oklahoma State University Abstract SLEEP AND SATISFACTION 2 The present study took a look at the relationship between the amount of sleep one partner received and the relationship satisfaction of the other partner. A survey was given to 20 couples, both online and in person. The survey used the Couple Satisfaction Index-16 to measure couple satisfaction and a question referring to sleep measured how much sleep a participant received in the past three days. The researchers hypothesized that the less sleep one partner received the less satisfied the other partner would be. Also, they expected that the amount of sleep one partner received would affect the stress level of the other partner. However, all of the results proved insignificant. Researchers believe that this could be due to a small effect size and the bias of the participants chosen for the given study. Another reason for insignificant results is due to the inconsistency of time between the amount of sleep and the relationship satisfaction. Sleep’s Effect on Couple Satisfaction SLEEP AND SATISFACTION 3 Each year over 30% of adults experience some amount of sleep loss (National 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 by affecting thinking, performance, and/or mood (National Heart Lung, 2003). It is important to understand why sleep loss occurs and the ramifications of sleep loss. The 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 &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. For college students, 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 0 hours. Taking this into consideration, college students are likely to be subjected to high stress, sleep deprived environments. 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. While many people in America lose sleep, little research has been done on its affect on relationship satisfaction. In order for Americans to improve their relationships, they need to understand the sources of their low relationship satisfaction. Poor sleep can result in a lower relationship satisfaction due to sleep’s effect on mood, performance, and thinking skills. skills....
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course HDFS 3513 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Oklahoma State.

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