(ORDO NEWS) — Even in deep sleep, the human brain is not completely disconnected from the environment. That is why scientists point to non-obvious factors that can improve your sleep.
A new study based on surveys and sleep assessments of more than 1,000 working-age adults in the US suggests that sleeping with a partner has a particular impact on a person’s general state upon awakening.
Compared to those who slept alone, participants who shared a bed with a partner reported less fatigue and the ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. This group also had lower scores for depression, anxiety, and stress.
The main thing is not to snore
“Sleeping just with a partner or even a spouse has a big impact on sleep health, including reducing the risk of sleep apnea, the severity of insomnia, and an overall improvement in sleep quality,” says psychiatrist Brandon Fuentes of the University of Arizona.
However, it is not entirely clear whether the improvement in mental health is due to the benefits of co-sleeping or to the quality of romantic relationships in general.
It may happen that a person simply thinks that he has become better sleep, although this is not so. To eliminate the placebo effect, some studies have used smartwatches that record movements while you sleep.
One such study showed that movement increases at night when a person sleeps next to their partner, synchronizing with them.
What are the advantages?
If more movements are recorded at night, this does not necessarily lead to poor sleep. Interpersonal synchronization is associated with pro-social behavior, social connections, and other positive effects that are beneficial to mental health.
This is one of the reasons why research continues to find evidence that those who sleep in pairs feel the best during sleep.
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