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

Does Improving Marital Quality Improve Sleep? Results From a Marital Therapy Trial.
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Troxel WM, Braithwaite SR, Sandberg JG, Holt-Lunstad J,


Troxel WM, Braithwaite SR, Sandberg JG, Holt-Lunstad J, (click to view)

Troxel WM, Braithwaite SR, Sandberg JG, Holt-Lunstad J,

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Behavioral sleep medicine 2016 04 2515(4) 330-343 doi 10.1080/15402002.2015.1133420
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.

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