Do you ever fight over silly things?
We had a huge argument was over a can of tuna once.
After a long day at work, I was exhausted. I just wanted to plop down in front of the TV and eat the last of the tuna salad.
But my husband beat me to it. When I walked in the door, he was finishing it off.
Ordinarily not a big deal. But I was tired, so it was a big deal. I didn’t know if I should scream or cry. I think I did a bit of both.
The problem was not the tuna (or lack thereof). The problem was exhaustion.
If you’re like most couples, you argue occasionally.
Our fights range in issue from big things like finances to insignificant things like who ate the last of the tuna.
Most fights are either started or intensified because of fatigue
Whether we’re fighting about something substantial or something silly, I’ve noticed a common theme in almost all of our arguments: Fatigue.
Fatigue is an enemy to your marriage.
You think he’s mad when he’s really tired. You think he’s cool and aloof when he’s really preoccupied with something that happened at work.
Your perspective changes the way you respond to him.
When you’re tired, you’re less likely to be patient and more likely to be annoyed.
You’re less likely to be caring and more likely to be controlling.
You’re less likely to be doting and more likely to be disrespectful.
When you’re tired, you’ll say and do stuff you wouldn’t normally say and do. And the one you love can seem like your enemy.
Most of our fights are either started or intensified because of fatigue.
Things that normally wouldn’t bother you become extremely irritating when you’re tired.
Extreme fatigue impairs your cognitive ability and can cause you to respond worse than someone who’s blood-alcohol level is over the legal limit.
Sleep deprivation is a huge factor in fatigue. It impairs your ability to accurately read human,( i.e. your husband) emotions.
A study published in SLEEP found that sleep deprivation makes it harder to read the facial expressions of others, specifically to determine whether they’re happy or sad.
Fatigue impairs your ability to interpret emotions
Misinterpretation of emotions? A major fight starter.
When you’re tired, your inhibitions are lower but your temper is higher.
If you or your husband has had a long day, it’s probably not a good time to discuss important issues. It’s probably a good time to extend extra grace.
Unfortunately, tired is a way of life for most of us. In addition to clouding your mind and causing harm to your marriage, fatigue can also wreak havoc on your health.
When I’m tired, I’m not kind or excellent or patient or loving. And I’m more likely to be disagreeable and less loving and patient.
So if fatigue begins to plague your marriage, take a step back and get some rest. You may gain a whole new perspective after a nap.
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