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These days a good night’s sleep seems to be the remedy for most things. As noted in a recent article by Your Tango, sleep can impact everything from stress levels to your memory to your love life. Yes, that’s right, your love life. Turns out most people are not using all that time they aren’t sleeping for lovemaking.

A study that came out of the University of California found that less sleep might result in a less appreciative partner. It was found that couples that weren’t resting had a hard time valuing each other.

“You may have slept like a baby, but if your partner didn’t, you’ll probably both end up grouchy.”

Turns out the person who feels they didn’t get as much sleep is struggling a little bit more when it comes to appreciating their spouse. I agree, wholeheartedly. A lack of sleep does make for some cranky folks here in my house. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given my husband eye daggers as he slept (or pretended to sleep) beside me while I sat rocking our sweet baby girl to sleep.  But that’s the thing: we have a baby, so while studies and doctors will recommend plenty of sleep, a full night’s sleep isn’t all that realistic for where we are in our lives right now.

In all actuality neither of us are getting much sleep these days (although for the record, I am certain I am getting far less). We are exhausted and sometimes we are a little cranky. While we may struggle to value each other in our moments of exhaustion, we are thankful that we get to do this parenting thing together. And having a little one at home has reminded us of how important it is that we work together (i.e. Can you hold the baby so I can go pee?!).

As sleep deprived as we are, we wouldn’t have it any other way because our tiredness these days is symbolic of the fact that we are parents. Having an 8-year-old as well, we know that this time in our lives in which interrupted sleep is something we may only dream about will one day be a distant memory, a memory we try to relive as we look at old photos and reminisce.

For more on the study visit Your Tango, but before you go take a look at some Instagram photos of our littlest miss. We happen to think she’s pretty easy on the eyes; even tired, glassy, sleep deprived eyes.

Thanks Krishann on her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr.

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