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Timely Tip for Couples

SLEEP. Yes, that's the tip this month. We all know that getting enough sleep is vital to our well-being, including our interpersonal relationships:

Sleep impacts relationship quality: Sleep affects lots of different areas of function. One of them is emotional regulation. When we are sleep-deprived, we don't regulate our emotions well and can react to situations with less control. That reactivity without regulation can cause inappropriate responses to our intimate partners and work colleagues and put unnecessary strain on those relationships.

Relationship health impacts sleep quality: Healthy marriage provides partners with a sense of security. Among other positive impacts, healthy relationships improve sleep quality.

SLEEP. It's healthy for your relationship, and a healthy relationship helps you sleep. Pass it on!

Why Good Health Matters In Relationships Tip Sheet

A National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families tip sheet written by Angela Wiley, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Human and Community Development, University of Illinois. This tip sheet provides suggestions to help safety-net service providers raise consciousness and help couples start off on the path to improving their health and wellbeing, benefitting individuals and promoting stability for couples and families.

Healthy Marriage and Families website