5 Ways More Sleep Can Help Your Love Life
The secret to a happier love life is spending more time in the bedroom.
We meant sleeping! Get your mind out of the gutter. Sheesh.
There is extensive research that proves that getting more sleep can help nearly every aspect of your life. More sleep means you’re the best version of yourself. This can help you be a better partner, or help you attract a new one.
If your love life isn’t quite where you want it to be, here are five ways that getting an extra hour (or two) of sleep can help.
1. Sleep Ensures You’re Ready for a Meet-Cute
When you’re tired, you might want to simply shut the world out. You put your headphones on and want to stay in your own little bubble while you’re in public places.
However, there is proven research that explores how your body will literally react differently to strangers when you don’t get a great night’s sleep. You become more “socially avoidant, keeping greater social distance from others.”
It’s a vicious cycle. Loneliness can cause sleep problems, but sleep problems can make it hard to meet new people.
2. Sleep Makes You More Empathetic
It’s well-documented that empathy is a cornerstone of any strong relationship. The ability to put yourself in your partner’s shoes and see their perspective goes a long, long way.
Again, this goes way beyond simply feeling too tired or cranky to listen to someone else’s perspective. A recent study shows that the parts of your brain that deal with empathy don’t function as well when you’re sleep-deprived.
Getting a bit more sleep at night means that you will be in a better state to let your partner vent about their hard day at work. It makes you a better listener. At the same time, when you show your partner this level of attention and empathy, they will be sure to do the same for you.
3. Sleepers are Earners
Ask yourself if an extra $9,000 a year would take some of the financial stress out of your relationship. You could actually earn that money by getting more sleep at night. No, seriously!
Money can’t buy you love. But it can certainly take a lot of stress out of your life and your relationship.
4. Sleep Helps Your Sex Drive
More sleep can lead to better sex and more sex can lead to better sleep.
Sadly, that door swings the other way too. A lack of sleep has been linked to lower sex drives in both men and women, as well as erectile dysfunction in men. When things go that way, it creates another vicious cycle. The stress from your challenged sex life is hurting your sleep. Meanwhile, the lack of sleep is hurting your sex drive. And repeat.
It can be difficult to break free. However, prioritizing your sleep is a good place to start. Let your partner know that deciding to turn in early isn’t about shutting them out. Have an open conversation and discuss how a bit more sleep can help your sex lives and all other aspects of your relationship.
5. Sleep Makes You Less Angry and Aggressive
We don’t have to tell you that you don’t have a deep well of patience when you’re tired. You’re more likely to let smaller stresses or inconveniences get to you and you’re more likely to react out of anger.
Not surprisingly, there is a lot of research that explores the physiological reasons why you are far more likely to act in an angry or aggressive manner when you’re sleep deprived. And acting this way is never good for your relationship.
We hope this list gave you enough reasons to start going to bed earlier to get the rest that your body and mind need. This can help your love life by improving your health, your disposition, your sex drive, and even your salary.
Sleeping in is often classified as self-care. However, taking care of yourself means you can be in a better position to take care of someone else.