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Healthy Sleep for Healthy Relationships with Wendy Troxel

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Is a good night’s sleep the secret to a stronger relationship?

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie welcome Wendy Troxel, sleep expert and Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, to talk about the importance of healthy sleep in maintaining strong relationships, particularly within couples. Dr. Wendy discusses her research and clinical experience related to the interplay between sleep and relationships. She emphasizes the significance of open communication between partners about their sleep preferences and challenges, dispelling the idea that there's a one-size-fits-all solution for couples' sleep. Dr. Wendy also plugs in her insights on the impact of societal norms and gender differences in sleep patterns on couples, and her take on healthier school start times for adolescents to better align with their natural sleep rhythms.

Listen to this episode to learn from Dr. Wendy Troxel about the connection between healthy sleep and healthy couples’ relationships!

About Wendy Troxel

Dr. Troxel is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah. She is the author of the book "Sharing the Covers: Every Couple’s Guide to Better Sleep," in which she shares her extensive research and clinical experience on the importance of healthy sleep for healthy relationships.

She is an internationally recognized sleep expert whose work is regularly cited by the media, including CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, and ABC News, as well as top-tier medical journals. Dr. Troxel is also the author of the recently released book "Sharing the Covers: Every Couple’s Guide to Better Sleep," in which she shares her extensive research and clinical experience on the importance of healthy sleep for healthy relationships.

Dr. Troxel is also a leading authority on the impact of early school start times on adolescent sleep. Her TEDx talk, "Why School Should Start Later for Teens," has over 2.4 million views and is at the forefront of national and international conversations concerning this topic.

Dr. Troxel's mission is to help people understand the power of sleep to support health, well-being, productivity, and relationships.

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Key Take-Aways

  • Why sleep is crucial for relationships.

  • What are the gender differences in sleep patterns.

  • How societal norms impact couples’ sleep habits.

  • Why physical closeness matters in relationships.


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