You know what’s it like. We have all been there. You found it hard to get to sleep last night and its left you in a bad mood. You are feeling ratty, irritable and short-tempered. One wrong word, look or gesture from your partner and you could explode. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.
According to a recent cutting-edge survey, if you fail to get a proper night’s sleep, you are more inclined to have an argument. A large percentage of the population can become belligerent after being sleep deprived for an extended period.
In the course of their research, experts asked two thousand British adults about their sleeping habits and learned almost 50% who hadn’t slept properly tended to argue. The study also found people in the UK generally sleep around six and a half hours a night. On top of that, of those asked, 5% only managed about four hours sleep a night, half the recommended amount.
If you are sleep deprived, it can not only make you more ready for an argument but can affect your productivity. You may not get as much done or put things off, and lack of sleep can impact your decision making.
It may be hard to believe, but it can take only one bad night’s sleep to affect the portion of the brain processing potential threats. It can become heightened, making you more aggressive and quicker to lose your temper. You may become increasingly confrontational and struggle with pressure, while more likely to lash out at work. It can also bring on various physical symptoms, from exhaustion and lack of energy to headaches, naming but a few.
Some people do not fully appreciate what can happen if you do not get enough sleep. It can have a highly detrimental effect, both physically and psychologically. Increasing your chances of arguing and bringing discord to your life.
It may seem like you are making a mountain out of a molehill, but who knows where it could lead. They say never go to sleep on an argument, but what if your lack of sleep is the cause?