Studies Show That Sleeping Alone May Be Better For Your Health

by Catie Keck
Catie Keck is a New York-based staff writer at LittleThings who has produced work for various web and print publications.

We spend a third of our lives curled up with our pillow, snoozing away to recharge those batteries for the coming day.

And it’s important! Improper sleep or infrequent sleep can pose serious threats to your physical and mental well-being (not to mention the unfortunate reality of your boss taking notice).

A study by clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist Wendy Troxel found that poor sleep affects not only the person doing the sleeping, but their partner sharing the bed. In an article published by ABC News in 2013, she wrote:

“Research by me and my colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh found that for men, poor sleep predicts more negative interactions with his partner the next day. For women, the converse was true: How she interacts with her partner during the day predicts how soundly she sleeps at night. In other words, for women, marital strife can lead to a sleepless night; for men, a sleepless night can lead to marital strife. Taken together, these interactions can create a vicious cycle, potentially increasingly poor sleep and distressed relationships.”

What she ultimately deduced, however, is that the moments leading up to actual sleep were some of the most important for bonding. What’s more, as BuzzFeed points out in the video below, nearly one in four couples report that they sleep in separate beds, and an additional 60 percent of couples polled by The TODAY Show reported sleeping better alone.

So while the way you sleep with your partner may say a fair amount about your relationship, the real question we might be asking ourselves is whether it’s working.

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