It’s Love Month! And what better way to spend it than with someone you love? One of the nicest things you can do with your true love is to spend quality time together. Sleep is very important to our general health and well-being. Quality sleep is key to living a healthy, happy, and more productive life. Sleeping next to your partner can have a positive impact on your well-being, as well as the health of your relationship.
One of you may have snoring problems or your partner may talk in their sleep, or the constant struggle of tugging blankets can make sleeping in the same bed together challenging. But recent research shows that co-sleeping may be worth working on because sleeping alongside your partner can have several benefits.
Here are some of them.
You fall asleep faster
It’s easy to get caught up in our thoughts when we’re alone. Sleeping next to someone can give you a sense of security which makes you more relaxed therefore, making it easier for you to drift off to sleep. Cuddles make you feel safe and help lower your body's cortisol levels, which can help you fall asleep faster, experience better rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and stay asleep all night long.
Increased happiness and energy
Sharing a bed literally makes you a happier person. When we sleep with our partners, our body releases Oxytocin (the love hormone) and Serotonin (contributes to well-being and happiness). If you're happy, and love who you're sleeping next to, you're going to have good sleep quality, which also means you'll wake up refreshed and ready to conquer the day.
Your ability to fall asleep as well as how well you sleep during the night can both be affected negatively by anxiety. Laying beside a loved one is great for your mental health as your body isn't triggered to release cortisol (stress hormone). Human touch also gives a feeling of comfort and makes you stay less anxious.
Strong emotional ties and transparent, honest communication are the foundation of interpersonal relationships. However, when we lack sleep, we frequently struggle to control our emotions and have trouble expressing our feelings. It's crucial to get a good night's sleep in order to manage conflicts and arguments more effectively. In addition to having a positive impact on your emotions, sleeping next to someone also strengthens your immune system. Studies showed that proximity in bed and relationships were interlinked; the closer the couples spent the night, the strong their relationship.