Even in the depths of sleep, your brain is not completely excluded from the people around you.
The sound of snoring, pulling blankets and pushing limbs is recorded at some level and yet does not interfere with your sleep, new research suggests that sharing a bed can actually make you feel like you’ve had a better time. night. Rest.
At least when you sleep with a husband or partner; if someone sleeps regularly with their child, they usually report more insomnia than those who sleep alone.
The findings are based on survey responses and sleep estimates from more than 1,000 working-age adults in the United States, and suggest that who we sleep with may affect how well we feel when we wake up.
Compared to those who sleep alone, participants who share a bed with their partner report less fatigue and the ability to fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
This group also has lower scores for depression, anxiety and stress than those who sleep alone.
“Sleeping with a romantic partner or spouse shows that there are great benefits to sleep health, including reducing the risk of sleep apnea, the severity of sleep insomnia and improving overall sleep quality,” said psychiatrist Brandon Fuentes of the University of Arizona.
It is not clear whether the improvements in mental health are due to the benefits of co-sleeping or the quality of the romantic relationship in general. It may even be a little of both.
In general, people in relationships show better physical and mental health than those who are single.
It is difficult to decipher why this is so. There are so many variables that affect the body and mind throughout life. Add the mysterious nature of the dream and the picture becomes even more cloudy.
Most studies that examine the benefits of sleeping alone or sharing a bed rely on self-assessment of sleep quality, just like this.
Only a few studies have unearthed how sleeping with a romantic partner actually affects key neurological phases of sleep, such as fast-moving eye (REM) sleep.
Interestingly, limited research on this topic has found that couples not only synchronize their movements during sleep, but also synchronize their stages of sleep. When couples sleep in the same bed, their REM sleep increases by 10 percent and is less interrupted than when they sleep alone.
Interpersonal synchronization is associated with prosocial behavior, social cohesion, and positive effects, all of which have mental health benefits.
This may be part of the reason why research continues to find evidence that couples feel better than sleeping when they do it with each other.
Another study, published only this year, found that respondents think they fall asleep faster at night if they share a bed with a longtime partner.
Unfortunately, studies like this can’t tell us how sleeping with a partner actually improves a person’s sleep, but there is a correlation.
It is possible that one simply thinks that he has slept better, when in fact he has not.
To circumvent this, some research relies on smart watches that record movement during sleep.
One such study found that movement at night increases when a person sleeps next to their partner, falling in sync with the other person. But just because more movement is recorded at night does not necessarily mean that sleep has been worse.
Without further research, the jury knows whether sleeping with a partner is better for you or just different from sleeping alone.
The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.