If you’re in a relationship or married, your may think nothing much of sleeping next to your partner. In fact, some of you might even be frustrated by certain behaviours of your partner such as snoring or excessive movements. Well, be grateful from now on because research has proven that sleeping next to someone you love has numerous health benefits. Here are some of them.
Lower risk of heart diseases
Sleeping beside a partner you love encourages a sense of safety and security, which reduces the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol in your body. Cortisol is linked to proteins associated with heart diseases.
Reduced risk of depression
When you’re in a happy relationship and you get to sleep beside the person every night, reduced levels of cortisol decreases your risk of depression.
Decreased chances of cancer
Similarly, cortisol has been found linked to proteins responsible for inflammation–we all know that excessive inflammation causes cancer. With reduced levels of cortisol in the body, your risk for cancer decreases.
You feel safe and secure
This promotes a general sense of positive physiological wellbeing.
The feeling of safety and security helps curbs the release of stress hormones.
Oxytoxin, the love hormone associated with bonding are found in higher levels among couples who sleep together than singles. Oxytoxin is known to reduce anxiety.
Lower blood pressure
Researchers from Malmo University Hospital conducted a test and found that the release of oxytoxin lowered blood pressures among individuals.
Keeps digestive problems at bay
The release of oxytoxin helps digestion and reduces inflammation.
Get a better night sleep
Research has shown that women in stable relationships fall asleep faster and tend to wake up less frequently at night. This is in comparison to single women or women who have lost or gained a partner during the research period.
Live longer, happier lives
With better sleep, reduced risks of various diseases as well as a general positive sense of wellbeing, it’s no wonder that you get to live a longer and happier life!