But of all those essential life activities, sleep is probably what we don’t get enough of when it comes to either quality or quantity.
Sleeping well is thought to be having a beneficial effect on one’s physical health.
But ‘restorative sleep,’ as it is known, requires a feeling of safety, security, protection and an absence of threats. During our childhood, this role is played by our parents, and romantic partners help comfort adults. Here is what dr Emre Selcuk, a developmental and social psychologist at Middle East Technical University in Turkey found out:
“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,” Dr. Selcuk wrote in a paper about the study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.”
So even if you’re sharing a bed with a snorer, kicker or blanket-stealer who you love, it still might have a hugely positive effect on you. Romantic partners who sleep in the same bed may live longer and be healthier than those who sleep alone.
Dr. Wendy M. Troxel, an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh also supports this idea:
“The psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner.”
During a decade-long study, Toxel and her colleagues found that women in long-term, stable relationships would fall asleep quicker.
And would wake up less during the night than single ladies or women who ended or started a relationship. So, it turns out that sleeping with our loved one is vital for our overall health. And what is more, scientists claim this is the case.