December 18, 2017
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, it might be time to dump your other half: report
Researchers have discovered a new way to ensure a good night’s sleep, but it might involve dumping your significant other.
The quality of the sleep we get each night is linked to how much we feel valued by our partners, a study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal shows.
“Our findings show that individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turn improves their sleep quality,” said author Dr. Emre Selçuk, who led the research.
We all know we shouldn’t drink coffee before bedtime, stay up until 2 am watching Netflix, or update our Facebook profile until the sun comes up.
But what a lot of people don’t realize is how influential our social partners can be to our sleep.
Feeling uncared for in a relationship can lead to tension and anxiety, which in turn can lead to difficulty falling asleep, insomnia, and waking up feeling groggy and unrested.
“Having responsive partners who would be available to protect and comfort us should things go wrong is the most effective way for us humans to reduce anxiety, tension, and arousal,” Selçuk said.
The biggest threat we face in this situation isn’t feeling grumpy in the morning or sleeping through the alarm clock — high quality, uninterrupted sleep is important because it gives our bodies time to recuperate and fight back against deteriorations in our physical health, the study notes.
We spend up to a third of our life in bed — spend some of that time sleeping with someone who doesn’t appreciate you, and you’re likely knocking a few years off your life.
“Our best bet for a happier, healthier, and a longer life is having a responsive partner,” Selçuk said.
Source: New York Daily News