Study: Lack of sleep + spat with spouse = potential health problems



Scot and Dana Griffiths have been married for twenty years and like every other couple have had their share of disagreement occasionally losing tempers and holding grudges if I'm crabby from not sleeping or I'm tired then that definitely would you know help trigger you know a snapping but arguing what the spouse may do more than put you in a bad mood a new study shows it could put your health at risk to see what kind of physical impact emotional confrontations might have researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center set up an experiment we brought couples into the lab and had them discuss a marital problem to fight and they also provided blood samples before and after the conflict in the lab researchers tested those blood samples for signs of inflammation to see if there were any changes before and after the argument in couples who had lost sleep and then argued there were surprising results when both of those factors came into play we saw about a 10% increase in inflammation one fight after a sleepless night is it likely to cause major health problems but if it's a pattern long-term inflammation is linked to serious conditions they range from things like cardiovascular disease which is the number one killer arthritis osteoporosis type 2 diabetes the good news is couples who resolved conflicts calmly and effectively saw no increase in inflammation giving credence to the age old notion that couples should never go to bed angry it's really important for couples to find good ways to process a relationship and to think about how they disagree at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center this is Clark Powell reporting

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