There’s a growing body of research all about the benefits of sharing your bed with a partner.
From improving your psychiatric wellbeing to boosting your overall health, read below the 10 reasons why it’s great sleeping next to someone you love:
1: Experience Better Sleep Quality
We all strive for good sleep quality but we don’t always get it.
Did you know that sleeping beside someone, especially if you’re in a solid relationship, is a good way to help you on your path to good quality slumber?
Wendy M. Troxel, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, unearthed that women in stable relationships fell asleep faster and had less sleep disturbances in the night than single women, or those whose relationship status changed during the experiment.
3: More Restorative Sleep
Have you ever wondered “Why do I sleep better with my girlfriend or boyfriend?”
Well, wonder no more! It’s because having a lover in your bed will make you more likely to experience restorative sleep, which is vital for brain health.
The National Sleep Foundation has explained that sex can make it easier to fall asleep as sex boosts oxytocin (the love hormone) and lowers cortisol (the stress hormone).
For women, sex boosts estrogen levels which improves the REM (rapid eye movement) stage and leads to deeper sleep.
Don’t worry men – you will sleep just as well, too. Post-sex, oxytocin is released and it makes everyone feel super sleepy.
The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Georgia has shared similar findings, with sex positively influencing the sleep-wake cycle.
Leading health expert, nutritionist and author Shawn Stevenson, in the book Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success goes one step further and states that orgasms are like sedatives.
They stimulate the release of a cocktail of chemicals that can help you on your way to a great night’s sleep.
- Oxytocin (the love hormone)
- Serotonin (contributes to wellbeing and happiness)
- Norepinephrine (helps to regulate sleep and balances responses to stress)
- Vasopressin (increases sleep quality and decreases cortisol)
- Prolactin (associated with improving the immune system, great sleep and quality of life)
There’s more! For women, a good night’s sleep will increase their sexual desires.
A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, has revealed that there’s a 14 per cent increase in the likelihood of sex after sleeping the optimal amount, with more sleep associated with better genital arousal.
5: Improves Your Immune System
Sharing your bed with your partner is likely to lead to sex which is actually brilliant for your health.
Scientists from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania examined couples who were regularly intimate.
They discovered that sexually active partners were more resistant to common colds and the flu because they produced more antibodies.
Sexual health expert, Yvonne K. Fulbright, summed it up succinctly:
Sexually active people take fewer sick days.
6: Reduces Anxiety
Anxiety can play havoc with your sleep, from preventing you falling asleep in the first place, to making you suffer with a restless night.
Laying beside a loved one is great for your mental health.
The skin-on-skin contact sends signals to your adrenal glands (that sit at the top of your kidneys) to stop producing cortisol.
Touch is a powerful force as groundbreaking research from the University of Virginia demonstrated.
The Assistant Professor of Psychology, James Coan, administered MRIs to 16 married women and warned them that they might experience some type of shock.
The MRI scans indicated that the participants were experiencing anxiety.
When the women held each other’s hands their stress levels decreased, but when they held hands with their husbands, the women became even more relaxed.
And as we learned earlier, sleeping in bed with a partner reduces cortisol and leads to a surge in oxytocin, which also helps to ease worry and fear.
8: Slows down Aging
There’s an easy way to look and feel more youthful which doesn’t involve a stack of cosmetics.
It’s free and just involves you sharing your mattress space with someone.
Quality time together cuddling, and, having sex, can actually take years off you.
Scottish neuropsychologist David Weeks wrote in Secrets of the Superyoung that under these conditions and when you’ve got lower stress levels, your body feels a lot younger – 10 years younger!