We know of a lot of things that help our personal relationships, like communication and honesty, but now coffee, too?! Yup, coffee might actually help your relationship, reported Psychology Today, so make ours a venti! In the past, we’ve talked about other health benefits of coffee, like possibly helping our bodies fight inflammation. Plus, for women, heavy coffee consumption can lead to a 22 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer (!).
We know: Where did this coffee-and-relationships correlation come from?! It all boils down to sleep.
A study by Maranges and McNulty is in the Journal of Family Psychology, linking couples’ sleep deprivation and their romantic relationship satisfaction. This was the first study to find a link between the two. Every day for up to seven days, 68 newlywed couples reported answers regarding interpersonal specific experiences (i.e., conflict, conversation, and sex), global relationship satisfaction, and their amount of sleep.
Spouses were more satisfied on days after they had gotten more sleep.
Moral of the story? Sleeping more suggests happier relationships. The mental strength we get from sleep can help us overcome negative feelings that come up. Where does coffee come in? If someone can’t get more sleep, the caffeinated beverage could help, reported Psychology Today.
Another study, too, showed the way caffeine influences the effect of sleep deprivation on self-regulation, reported Psychology Today. The study is by Welsh, Ellis, Christian, and Mai and appears in the Journal of Applied Psychology. In it, some of the 229 participants were sleep-deprived, and some were not. Some received the equivalent of a 12-oz cup of coffee while others received a placebo.
The participants who had caffeine demonstrated that they had more self-regulation.
So, given the findings, caffeine could have a positive effect on our relationships, according to Psychology Today. We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely willing to give it a try. Now excuse us while we go order another venti coffee (and one for our partner, too!)… 😉