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09.05.2017 | Original Article | Ausgabe 6/2017

Annals of Behavioral Medicine 6/2017

Observed Relationship Behaviors and Sleep in Military Veterans and Their Partners

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Annals of Behavioral Medicine > Ausgabe 6/2017
Autoren:
PhD Jennifer Fillo, PhD Stephanie Brooks Holliday, PhD Amy DeSantis, PhD Anne Germain, MD Daniel J. Buysse, PhD Karen A. Matthews, PhD Wendy M. Troxel

Abstract

Background

Emerging research has begun to examine associations between relationship functioning and sleep. However, these studies have largely relied on self-reported evaluations of relationships and/or of sleep, which may be vulnerable to bias.

Purpose

The purpose of the study was to examine associations between relationship functioning and sleep in military couples. This is the first research to examine associations between observed relationship behaviors and subjective and polysomnographically measured sleep in a sample at-risk for both sleep and relationship problems.

Methods

The sample included 35 military veterans and their spouses/partners. Marital functioning was coded from a videotaped conflict interaction. Analyses focused on behavioral codes of hostility and relationship-enhancing attributions. Sleep was assessed via self-report and in-home polysomnography.

Results

Greater hostility was associated with poorer sleep efficiency for oneself (b = −0.195, p = .013). In contrast, greater relationship-enhancing attributions were associated with higher percentages of stage N3 sleep (b = 0.239, p = .028). Partners’ hostility was also positively associated with higher percentages of stage N3 sleep (b = 0.272, p = .010). Neither hostility nor relationship-enhancing attributions was associated with self-reported sleep quality, percentage of REM sleep, or total sleep time.

Conclusions

Both partners’ positive and negative behaviors during conflict interactions were related to sleep quality. These findings highlight the role that effective communication and conflict resolution skills may play in shaping not only the marital health of veterans and their spouses but also the physical health of both partners as well. Understanding the links between relationship functioning and sleep may be important targets of intervention in the aftermath of war.

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