Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

This is why some people sleep better when sharing their bed, according to science

sleep.jpg

There are two types of sleepers in this world. There are those who love sharing their bed with another person, and then there are those who… don’t.

But if you’re the first type of person, the type who doesn’t mind giving up the lion’s share of the duvet, then there might be a scientific reason why you sleep better with another person next to you.

According to the results of a new study, we perceive the quality of our sleep to be higher when we’ve slept next to our partner – even if their presence doesn’t actually improve how well we sleep.

We perceive our quality of sleep to be better when we've slept next to our partner

We perceive our quality of sleep to be better when we've slept next to our partner

The study, published in the journal Behavioural Sleep Medicine, tested out the sleeping patterns of 15 couples by investigating both the sleep location (whether they slept at their own place or their partner’s place) and the social setting (whether they slept alone or with their partner).


Read more: Couples who sleep naked together have a happier relationship, study reveals


While the sleep location did not appear to have any definitive affect on the quality of sleep the couples enjoyed, the social setting played more of a role.

The researchers found that men slept longer and woke up later when co-sleeping with their partner, while both men and women reported that they had slept better when sleeping with their partner compared to sleeping alone.

sleep

Both men and women reported that they had slept better when sleeping with their partner

This isn’t the first time that researchers have investigated the impact of sharing your bed with another person on how well you sleep.

Back in 2012, a review of research in the Wall Street Journal found that there were a number of benefits to sharing your bed – namely that the other person could provide comfort and feelings of safety, which in turn could help to improve the quality of sleep.

And two studies of over one thousand Britons found that couples who slept naked together, or less than an inch apart, were happier and more content in their relationships than those who wore PJs to bed or liked to sleep with a bit of personal space.

But if you’re the second type of sleeper, the type who prefers to nestle down in bed alone, fear not: yet another study has found that sharing a bed with your partner could be bad for your health if it has a negative affect on the quality of your sleep.

Either way, if you need a hand drifting off to sleep, you could always try this beauty product, this breakfast combination or this type of soothing noise.

Images: iStock

Related

lush.jpg

This is the Lush product that could help you sleep better

coffee.jpg

How a 'coffee nap' can supercharge your work day

breakfast at tiffanys.jpg

Eating this breakfast is key to getting a good night’s sleep

More

The most annoying Tube habits, as ranked by irritated Londoners

“Could you move down, please?”

by Amy Swales
22 Aug 2017

The new Great British Bake Off might be OK after all

The first episode has not bombed, we repeat: it has not bombed

by Amy Swales
22 Aug 2017

Woman claims she was fired for leaking during a heavy period at work

“Every woman dreads getting period symptoms when they're not expecting them, but I never thought I could be fired for it.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Aug 2017

Women football fans forced to show bras while being searched at match

Add this to your list of ‘things that are definitely not OK’

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

This prosecco advent calendar will have you waving goodbye to summer

We're suddenly very excited about Christmas

by Megan Murray
22 Aug 2017

Heartfelt letter on coping with an anxious partner goes viral

“Anxiety isn't a one size fits all, it isn't consistent and it isn't always easy to tell”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Aug 2017

Why India banning instant divorce is a major victory for women

India’s Supreme Court has ruled against triple talaq, which allowed Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives.

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

The mental health storyline you never noticed on Game of Thrones

An incredibly powerful character arc you might have missed

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Aug 2017

“Why I opted out of reconstruction after my double mastectomy”

Breast cancer survivor Jeanne Paul says many don’t understand her choice

by Amy Swales
21 Aug 2017

Carpool Karaoke gets a Game of Thrones makeover

The Starks are in town

by Amy Swales
21 Aug 2017