Do you have a partner that snores, rolls around in their sleep or who does something even worse? While you may believe their habits are forcing you to lose a good nights rest a new study says it might actually be good for your health to have a partner who sleeps next to you, regardless of their bad sleeping habits.
According to the Wall Street Journal some recent studies “run counter” to previous examinations that found women sleep better without someone in their bed and that men and women move around more when sleeping next to their partner.
In a 2009 study it was discovered that over a six to eight year period people in a long-term relationship fell asleep more quickly and woke up less frequently than their always or sometimes single friends.
Sleeping next to someone does have its perks, for example the feeling of security and an increase in the hormone oxytocin which can greatly reduce anxiety and stress. Sleeping next to a partner is also shown to reduce cytokines which can cause inflammation.
While research in this field is still in its infancy researcher Andrea Petersen notes:
“The psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner.”
Not surprisingly sleep companies are already cashing in on the idea that two is better than one, we see it all the time with mattresses that don’t transfer motion from one side of the bed to the other, mattresses with different coil technology, etc.
Do you think sleeping next to someone helps you get a better nights rest?