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R&D for Lifetime of Life

New parents, sleep, relationships.

Research to be presented today at SLEEP 2010 in Texas investigated first-time parents, their sleep, and their relationship satisfaction.

Dr Hawley Montgomery-Downs measured parents sleep objectively, while the parents recorded their subjective assessment of sleep. The parents also used a formal relationship test, to assess their own level and their partner’s level of satisfaction.

The subjective measures produced many inaccurate thoughts. Mothers overestimated fathers subjective sleep quality, while fathers underestimated mothers subjective sleep quality.

The key outcone was that objectively measured sleep was strongly associated with relationship satisfaction, whereas subjective sleep, the sleep we think we get, was a poorer match.

It’s not the sleep we think we get that counts, but the sleep we actually get.

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June 9, 2010 - Posted by | Gender, Hawley Montgomery-Downs, Relationships, Sleep

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