Spending plenty of quality time together is a pretty good sign of a happy relationship, but there are other cues that sleep provides. According to science, how close your bedtimes are, cuddling and other bed-sharing behaviors all play a role in how happy and healthy your love life is. Shape Magazine pointed out some very interesting studies that explored sleep and relationships. Here’s what they found:
Cuddling cues: Sleeping close is an indication of how happy you are in your relationship, according to a UK study. Couples who fell asleep touching reported the highest levels of relationship happiness, with reported dissatisfaction increasing as the physical space between people did.
Face to face: The same UK study also found that sleeping face to face is a sign of healthier, happy union. On the other hand, sleeping back to back and on opposite sides of the bed was found to be an even stronger indictor of relationship conflict.
Splitting up: Sharing a bed leaves us open to experiencing lighter sleep with more sleep disturbances, causing poor sleep quality and groggy mornings. More couples are protecting their health and relationship by sleeping apart, preventing the side effects such as a hot temper, memory loss, and low energy from hurting their love fest.
In sync: Researchers from the University of Pittsburg found that happy couples go to bed at the same time. The more in sync a couples’ sleep schedule is was, the higher level of relationship satisfaction tended to bed.
While every relationship is different, sleep deprivation can affect just about any couple, with crankiness, impulse decisions and poor communication. Solving bed-sharing woes can be a solution to minor arguments, keeping your love alive.
Talk to your partner about the benefits of sleep and motivate each other to stick to a relaxing bedtime routine that includes 7-9 hours of snooze every night.