8 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleeping Together

Benefits of sleeping together

Did you know sleeping next to the someone you love can improve your physical and psychiatric well-being?

Yes, it does!

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To stay healthier, sleeping is as important as breathing, eating and drinking. But sleep is something hard to get.

However, researchers suggest that sleeping next to a person you love may be a major reason for better health.

Despite the snoring, unconscious kicking, and blanket hogging, sleeping together is beneficial in the long term.

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Here is a list of 8 surprising health benefits of sleeping next to the person you love.

Fall Asleep Faster

Fall asleep faster together

Do you believe that it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to fall asleep as long as you, eventually, fall asleep?

Misconception!

A study by North-Umbria University UK found that there is a deep link between the time taken to fall asleep and your overall health.

Well, what amount of time is appropriate to fall into slumber?

Apparently 10 to 20 minutes. However, it is believed that an average person takes only seven minutes to fall asleep.

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”
~ Charlotte Brontë
When you sleep alone, your mind is active. It starts wandering and over-thinking.

That’s why sleeping together with someone you love is good as you feel relaxed and calm. Low mental activity helps you sleep quicker than ever.

Relieves Anxiety

Sleeping together relieves anxiety

“Don’t fight with the pillow, but lay down your head

And kick every worriment out of the bed.”

~ Edmund Vance Cooke

The best way to this is lying next to your loved one, which has a great impact on your mental health.

Sharing bed with your partner helps drop cortisol level and boosts oxytocin activity. It reduces your anxiety and stress level, lowering the risk of life-threatening diseases such as cancer, heart attack, and chronic illness.

Having responsive partners who would be available to protect and comfort us should things go wrong is the most effective way for us humans to reduce anxiety, tension, and arousal,” explains Dr. Selcuk paper published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Even holding a hand of your spouse or sharing a warm hug at night can make you feel relaxed.

A Natural Cure for Inflammation

Cytokines in the body cause pain and inflammation. When you share your bed with someone, the level of Cytokines reduces, hence reducing inflammation.

Dr. Troxel told the Wall Street journal that sleeping together with your spouse can promote feelings of security, leading to a lower level of cytokines and a higher level of oxytocin.

Oxytocin has also been revealed to reduce inflammation. While inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process, excess of it, which can accompany bacterial infections or chronic stress, is harmful to the body,explained Dr. David R Hamilton PhD.

Thus, sleeping with your partner increases the level of oxytocin, which in turn, reduces inflammation.

Ensures Quality Sleep

Peaceful sleep together

Do you experience trouble having a good night sleep?

Researches show that sleeping together with someone you love is an ideal way to get a night of quality sleep.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Wendy Mr. Troxel explains that women in a strong and stable relationship fall asleep faster and experience less sleep disturbance at night than women who sleep alone.

Feeling of security and safety with a partner may lead to more peaceful sleep,” said Dr. Troxel.

When you sleep, your body temperature drops down. And you feel colder.

But the warmth of the person, sleeping next to you, can keep you snug.

Makes You Look Younger

Sleeping together helps look younger

Sleep is the best meditation.

~ Dalai Lama

Want to look younger without a stack of makeup?

An easy way to this is, sharing your bed with someone who makes you feel happy.

Having quality time together in bed, cuddling, kissing, and hugging can actually slow down your aging process.

When you feel happy, your stress level lowers, making you look younger and more beautiful.

Reduced Blood Pressure

Did you know a quality sleep; laying next to someone you love, reduces the chances of serious cardiovascular disease?

Yes, it’s true!

A study by the University of North California involved 59 women to carry out sleep and intimacy experiment. These women were either married or had partners. Researchers asked these women to keep a diary of hugs and cuddles they receive from their partner over a time period.

The researchers then analyzed the level of oxytocin- also known as the love hormone, and blood pressure in these women.

The results showed that frequent hugs between patterns are linked with high activity of oxytocin and lower blood pressure.

Indeed, oxytocin is like a natural angina medication,” says Dr. Hamilton.

You Feel More Energetic

Sleeping together makes you energetic

“There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.”

~ Edward Lucas

There’s no doubt that a refreshing and soothing sleep makes you feel more energetic. When you experience proper sleep, you wake up fresh and active.

Couple who share a bed at night are healthier than those who sleep alone,” suggests research by the University of Pittsburgh.

You feel more loved and secured when you sleep beside a loved one.

A study by Dr. Jason Ellis, a chartered psychologist, and director of North Umbria Centre for Sleep Research explains that women enjoy more health benefits than men when they share a bed.

He also explains that these benefits are psychological rather than physical. He adds that women reported more stimulating and enjoyable sleep when slumbering beside someone as compared to the men.

Makes Relationship Stronger

Sleeping together makes the relationship stronger

Studies show that spouses, who sleep together, stay together. The most kissing and hugging between couples happen in bed, which is good for your relationship.

No matter how snug your bed is, sharing it with your loved ones makes you feel special, strengthening the relationship bond between you both.

Afraid of nightmares?

A sweet hug to the person lying beside you will make you feel safer. Even looking at the sleeping face of your partner makes you feel more loved.

So, don’t dread sharing your bed with the person you love. Sleeping together is going to make you relaxed, healthier, younger and happier.

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