According to research reported by Andrea Petersen in the Wall Street Journal, sleeping with somebody provides many health benefits, as long as it is a person with whom you maintain a good relationship, whatever that may be.
Some scientists believe that sleeping with somebody could be one of the reasons that people who are in a harmonious relationship tend to be healthier and live longer than single people. After all, sharing your bed with somebody has many implications. It promotes a feeling of security, as well as reducing the body's level of cortisol, a stress hormone.
“Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle,” writes Petersen in the Wall Street Journal.
Maybe if you feel anxious before a big exam or a presentation, you should cuddle and snuggle up against your partner.
However, if your partner has a different sleep schedule than you or he snores like a buzz saw, sleeping together may be disagreeable. How to fix it? If your buddy goes to bed at midnight, and you turn in at 10 o'clock, why not try to alternate your bedtime? Your boyfriend moves around all night and won't share the blanket? Well, certain foam mattresses absorb vibrations. As for unbearable snoring, there are several ways to address the issue, such as changing the sleeping position or the pillow, losing weight, avoiding alcohol, and staying hydrated!
The research reported by Andrea Peterson also shows that women in stable relationships fall asleep faster and wake up less often than single women, or those whose marital status changed during the study.
However, science does not stop there. If you want to increase happiness in your relationship, you and your partner should sleep naked! This seems obvious at first. Sleeping naked implies more closeness and intimacy, which strengthens the relationship. A British survey found that 57% of couples who slept naked are "very happy" in their relations, compared to only 50% of those who slept in pyjamas.
The lesson? Before bedtime, take it all off!