For years, scientists have wondered why people in serious, committed relationships tend to outlive people who live by themselves. Now, an increasing amount of research suggests healthy bedroom activity may play a role; just not the kind you think.

Studies Look at Sleep

According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, recent studies indicate that when people co-sleep, they experience better health and longer life expectancies. Wendy M. Troxel, an assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, says she’s definitely seen this correlation in her own research. According to Troxel, her studies have demonstrated that women who enjoy long-term, committed relationships tend to sleep much better than women who sleep without a mate.

Why it Makes Sense

Health professionals don’t know why co-sleeping makes people sleep better; however, many suspect that it may promote feelings of safety and security, which in turn lower cortisol, a stress hormone linked to health issues. Research suggests that sleeping with a partner also increases the body’s production of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes well-being while reducing anxiety.

A Dilemma for Sleep Apneics

Most sleep apneics aren’t able to enjoy the positives associated with co-sleeping, because they toss and turn, wake frequently and snore. This activity tends to disturb their partners: a problem which can build resentment and can even cause relationships to break apart.

If you or a loved one is struggling to cope with sleep apnea, you need a quiet, comfortable sleep apnea treatment option. Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today to learn how he can help you and your partner sleep through the night.