The simple act of sleeping each night in the same bed as a
partner could have a dramatic impact on people's long-term health
and wellbeing, it has been revealed.
According to a new study carried out by researchers, there is now
growing evidence that sleeping with a loving partner can result in
people living longer and being healthier.
"Sleep is a critically important health behaviour that we know is
associated with heart disease and psychiatric wellbeing. It happens
to be this health behaviour that we do in couples," commented Wendy
Troxel, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the
University of Pittsburgh.
Issues that can arise as a result of partners sleeping in the same
bed can include a preference for
different room temperatures during the night and mismatched body
clocks meaning one partner may wish to sleep while the other does
not, as well as the simple fact that partners can wake each other
up by moving around during the night.
However, despite these issues, the study found that partners who
share a bed on a regular basis are more likely to lead longer and
healthier lives than those who sleep on their own.
It is believed that the feeling of security and safety that is
promoted by sharing one's bed with a partner means those who do so
may have lower levels of stress in their daily lives than
individuals who are single and sleep alone.
"The psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump
the objective costs of sleeping with a partner," Ms Troxel
Recent research published by Premier Inn also highlighted the
impact that snoring can have on the sleep patterns of
A poll carried out as part of National Stop Snoring Week 2012
revealed up to half of the population could be losing sleep every
night as a result of their partner's snoring.
Claire Haigh, a spokeswoman for Premier Inn, commented: "The
research shows how something like snoring can impact on our day to
day lives, especially if one person in the relationship is missing
out on much-needed sleep."
Posted by Michael Ewing