How Better Sleep Can Strengthen Your Relationships

Have you found yourself easily irritated by your spouse, a close family member or a friend lately?  The cause might be how you’re sleeping.  Sleep research shows there is a correlation between being sleep deprived and being irritable. In addition, chronic sleeplessness is associated with depression and anxiety.  Here’s how good rest can help rescue your relationships.

The Impact of the Pandemic

By necessity, the pandemic has led to fewer social interactions with people we care about.  Birthday celebrations have been in driveways, weddings have been postponed, and funerals have had to go virtual.  Even when we have been together, we’re often masked, not being able to show our full expression.

As a result, we’ve been spending more time with the people closest to us —and that has put a lot more pressure on those relationships.  Now, as most restrictions have been lifted, there are steps we can take to help make our relationships the best they can be post-pandemic.

Sleep and State of Mind

People who experience sleep loss are more likely to react negatively when things don’t go well for them. To put it plainly, poor sleep is a good-mood killer.  Without adequate sleep, we feel less happy, friendly and compassionate.

A good night’s rest can restore your sense of well-being and help promote a more positive mood. Getting proper sleep also helps to bolster emotional resilience, giving you the ability to be more patient with your friends, co-workers and close family members.

Here’s how to boost your sleep hygiene and shift into a more positive state of mind:

  • Avoid caffeine and screen time before bed
  • Make the room dark at bedtime
  • Use a wake-up lamp to ease into the morning
  • Invest in an adjustable base, a comfortable mattress, and a good pillow
  • Keep your room cool and consider an anxiety-reducing weighted blanket

No Better Time than Now

Spring is coming, and the warmer, brighter days will create opportunities to reconnect and nurture the relationships with the people closest to you.

Use special dates in March to inspire your joyous side:  March 3rd is Caregiver Appreciation Day and March 20th is the UN’s International Day of Happiness.  Choose activities that involve movement and interaction during the day, so they won’t interfere with your sleep routine at night. Go for a long walk together, or dust off your turntable and have an impromptu dance party. Another opportunity will arise on St Patrick’s Day (March 17th), when you can reminisce good times over some green beer and a bowl of Irish stew.  However, probably the best time to show your affection to a loved one is when they least expect it— and after you’ve had a great, restorative sleep.

To learn more about steps you can take to improve your sleep quality, contact the friendly sleep experts at Ultramatic.  Receive a free consultation: Call 1-800-455-6421, email [email protected], or visit one of their unique showrooms in Toronto / Mississauga / Oakville.

Plus, CARP members receive special savings:

  1. 25% OFF All Sleep Accessories (like Pillows and Sheets) ($100 minimum purchase)
  2. $100-$500 OFF  Adjustable Bases, Mattresses, or Walk-in Bathtubs