Couples who figure that starting a family will be the ideal domestic elixir they need to help them make it through those rocky first few years of wedded bliss (you know, the kind punctuated by sleeping on the couch bliss, the silent treatment bliss, and “why didn’t you tell me you hated my parents so much before we got married?” bliss), may want to re-think their strategy in light of a new UK study that suggests crying babies are a big reason why some couples send their marriage to the permanent time-out corner.
The study, which was conducted for the UK TV show Bedtime Live, asked separated and divorced parents why they split — and a whopping one-third of them pointed directly to sleepless nights due to crying babies.
“Behavioural difficulties, family issues, learning and concentration issues: there is a significant number of these common problems, which have poor sleep at the heart of it,” commented psychologist Tanya Byron in an interview with the ’s Daily Mail.
Of course, if lack of sleep is really at the heart of an excessive amount of marital friction, then the opposite is true: more sleep can lead to better relationships filled with love, laughter, joy, and of course, the silent treatment from time-to-time (sorry folks, that ancient staple of married life is just never going to go away, no matter how much sleep anyone gets!).
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