Title

Does Improving Marital Quality Improve Sleep? Results From a Marital Therapy Trial

Keywords

sleep, sleep habits, marriage, marital quality, sleep quality

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-04-25

Publisher

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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