As if feeling energized and refreshed weren't good enough reasons to get a good night's sleep, here's another: bad sleep can make your marital fights worse.
A study by UC Berkeley, published recently in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that couples are more likely to fight after having a bad night's sleep, the UC Berkeley News Center reported Monday.
In one experiment, researchers surveyed 78 young adults in romantic relationships about their quality of sleep and relationship stress. In a second experiment, 71 couples rated their sleep and were videotaped discussing sources of conflict in their relationship. In both experiments, the people who reported having worse sleep also had more conflicts and worse conflict-resolution skills the next day.
A study by the University of Pittsburgh conducted in 2011 found similar results; however, it was only when wives, not husbands, reported having a bad night's sleep that couples experienced greater marital conflict. And another study by the University of Pittsburgh, published in 2009, found that a happy marriage can lower the risk of sleep problems.
A recent study by Sleepy's mattress store uncovered newlyweds' worst bedtime habits. Click through the slideshow below to see what made the list.
Sleep talking or snoring was respondents' biggest sleep complaint -- 26 percent of those polled chose this as their biggest pet peeve.
The next two most-hated habits were tied, with 24 percent of respondents reporting that midnight snacking is their biggest pet peeve, and another 24 percent saying they most hate crumbs in bed.
Fifteen percent of respondents said their mates find their early bedtimes annoying.
Twelve percent said that childish sleeping habits, like snuggling with a stuffed animal and/or needing a night-light to fall asleep, irritate their mates.
Fifteen percent of respondents said they hoped a new mattress would improve romance.