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How a Lack of Sleep Affects Your Relationships

When it comes to sleeping disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), chances are you’re not the only one who is suffering.

Not getting the quality rest you need on a regular basis can affect virtually every aspect of your daily routine. This includes your relationships with your loved ones, family members, friends, children, and everyone who is essential in your inner circle.

Researchers and doctors have studied how a lack of sleep can affect our relationships extensively. And there are a few common ways these important connections in our lives can suffer.

Are you concerned that you may have a sleeping disorder, and are also worried it might be affecting your relationships?

Look for these telltale signs and problems that naturally occur when we aren’t getting the rest we require.

Signs That Your Sleep Deprivation Is Hurting Your Relationships

You have more fights, and more frustration

One of the common symptoms of a regular lack of sleep is a noticeable increase in moodiness.

In fact, the scientific journal Psychosomatic Medicine published a recent study about the amygdala activity in the brain. As a predictor of moods and mood swings, it was noticeably altered in people who were suffering from poor sleep.

As such, when you suffer from a sleeping disorder, you may find that your temper is worse than normal. Little things that shouldn’t bug you suddenly do. And it’s not unusual for a small disagreement to turn into an argument or fight.


You have fewer conversations

Another way our brain suffers when we can’t sleep is our decreasing ability to concentrate, focus, and think clearly. One of the ways this affects our relationships is simply our ability to converse.

Instead of having lively discussions at the dinner table, you may find that your communication skills aren’t up to par. And as a result, you talk less with your loved ones about the big and little things that can form lasting connections.


You just aren’t as social

It’s not uncommon for an undiagnosed sleeping disorder to lead to other issues, such as depression or anxiety. These conditions in turn affect our desire to go out and socialize.

When you are depressed or even just fatigued, your willingness to join in the fun or go on group outings naturally goes down, as you may not have the energy, or the inclination.

As such, your social life likely suffers as you spend less time with friends and family, and more time just trying to catch up on all that rest you’ve missed.


You start to sleep separately

Snoring has been listed as the number one reason why couples sleep in separate bedrooms. So, your untreated OSA may lead to more distance in more ways than one.

After all, if your OSA causes continual snoring, tossing and turning, and loud gasps for breath, it may be impossible for your partner to sleep well too.


The good news, of course, is that once you start treatment, the symptoms of OSA can be reversed. None of these side effects have to be permanent! And starting to rest well again is the best way to get your social life and relationships back on track. So get tested, find a treatment that works best for you. This way all of your important relationships stay a valued part of your life for the many years to come.

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How a Lack of Sleep Affects Your Relationships
OSA doesn’t just affect you – it can affect everyone in your inner circle. Here’s a closer look at how a sleeping disorder like OSA can impact your relationships across the board.

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