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Chill out and get some rest: OSU researchers say arguments, lack of sleep up inflammation

OSU researchers say arguments, lack of sleep up inflammation (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The latest cure for trouble with your spouse might be a good night's sleep.

We all know you feel lousy, but now if you don't sleep you may have a spat with your spouse, which can up the odds of health problems due to inflammation.

Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center took blood samples from couples before and after an argument.

Those who fought after not getting enough sleep had levels of inflammation that were ten percent higher than those who did not argue.

Inflammation has been linked to everything from obesity to heart disease to cancer risk.

So what should you do if as the sun comes up earlier and stays up later, and you can't fall asleep or don't want to go to bed early?

Local experts weighed in on what you should do.

“Elliptical cycle is great, water activities are probably one of our best exercises, because you use all of your muscle groups when you are utilizing the water and it's easy on your joints a lot less impact,” said Dr. Bruce Holladay, a specialist at OrthoCincy Sports Medicine.

Dr. Holladay says, if you can, do light impact walking, which is great and also helps to stay on the same sleep schedule and cut back on caffeine.

Since the study found resolving the conflict reduces inflammation you might want to do a few of these things for your health and your marriage.

Seven hours a night appears to be enough sleep to reduce the odds of arguing and inflammation.

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