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Could sleep be linked to relationship troubles in new parents?

Narrator: This is Science Today. As any parent knows, having a newborn can not only take a toll on your sleep, it can also affect your marital life. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that sleep deprivation may be at the root of romantic partners feeling unappreciated. Psychologist Amie Gordon says other researchers have found a correlation between the transition into parenthood and marital dissatisfaction, particularly for women.

Gordon: I've been really interested for a long time with this sleep research in how much is that a function just of the fact that you're not getting enough sleep? And that if you're aware that perhaps rather than thinking there's something really wrong with your relationship, you can say this is going to be a rough period for us because we're not going to get enough sleep and then we'll see what happens down the road. And to the best of my knowledge, there's not any direct research looking at that. So, I would love to look at that and we've actually submitted a grant are going to hear back and hopefully we can kind of get a chance to really look at how sleep affects relationships with gratitude and other things as well.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.