Does Improving Marital Quality Improve Sleep? Results From a Marital Therapy Trial
sleep, sleep habits, marriage, marital quality, sleep quality
For most adults, sleep is a dyadic behavior. Only recently have studies explored the dynamic association between sleep and relationship functioning among bed partners. The current study is the first to examine bidirectional associations between changes in insomnia and changes in marital quality over time, in the context of a marital therapy trial. Among husbands, improvements in marital satisfaction were associated with a 36% decreased risk of insomnia at follow-up. Regarding the reverse direction, counter-intuitively, wife baseline insomnia was associated with improvements in husbands’ marital satisfaction, but only among the non-treatment-seeking comparison group. Results are discussed in terms of implications for sleep and marital therapy, and suggest that improving sleep may be an added benefit of improving the marital relationship.
Original Publication Citation
Troxel, W.M., Braithwaite, S.R., Sandberg, J.G., & Holt-Lunstad, J. (2017). Does improving marital quality improve sleep? Results from a marital therapy trial. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 15, 330-343.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Troxel, Wendy; Braithwaite, Scott; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; and Holt-Lunstad, Julianne, "Does Improving Marital Quality Improve Sleep? Results From a Marital Therapy Trial" (2016). Faculty Publications. 2383.
Behavioral Sleep Medicine
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