Singles or Couples: Who sleeps better?
However, a new study shows that adults who sleep with their partners have less insomnia, less fatigue and longer sleep time. They also said they were more satisfied with their lives and interpersonal relationships, and their levels of stress, depression and anxiety were lower.
“Even if you sleep next to a person who may snore and roll, it does something useful,” said michaelgrandner, director of the sleep and health research program at the University of Arizona in Tucson and senior author of the study.
“Interestingly, it’s not just the presence, because when we ask a question about a child, the answer is very different,” he added.
Most of the study participants who slept with their children at night reported that they had more insomnia, more stress and worse mental status the next day.
“Is it because the child is lying in bed? Is it because things are tense? Is it because the child is easier to walk around at night or kick you? Who knows?” Said Grandner.
For this study, the researchers used data from 1007 working age adults in Pennsylvania.
Researchers found that people who slept with an adult partner slept faster, slept longer, and had a lower risk of sleep apnea. Children who sleep in the same bed with their children are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, have more severe insomnia, and have less control over sleep.
This finding is contrary to the findings of the laboratory, which found that people who sleep together sleep more shallowly, and the partner’s actions often cause the brain to wake up.
But when you ask people, they think it’s more positive. “This proves this. It is greater than the sum of its parts.”
The reason for the new discovery is speculative, but Grandner believes that security or socialization may be the root cause. For example, for most of history, humans tended to sleep in groups around fires. Maybe in a way, people just feel safer when another adult is lying in bed.