Did you see the new findings that came out this week claiming that couples who sleep close to each other during the night are happier than those who don’t? Of course, the results are just based on a survey of self-reported sleep patterns and relationship satisfaction (so not super scientific). And the researchers compared couples who slept within one inch of each other to those who slept more than 30 inches apart—which is a big difference! But the most interesting part of the research, as far as I’m concerned, were the stats on touching while you sleep: Ninety-four percent of the couples who slept touching said they were happy with their relationships, while only 68 percent of people who preferred to keep to their own sides of the bed said the same.
Obviously, this study doesn’t prove that contact during the night actually leads to relationship satisfaction—it just found a correlation. But it is an interesting thought, particularly since previous research shows that touching can help foster the production of oxytocin, the “love” hormone that has been linked to relationship satisfaction in prior studies.
I have to admit, I sent this research to my boyfriend right away—we sleep spooning almost every night! But it did take some getting used to at first (I had never slept touching anyone before I met my current guy). Not that I think couples have to stay connected while snoozing to be happy (even in the study, almost seven out of 10 of the non-touching pairs said they were satisfied with their relationships—and recently, many couples have said that sleeping in separate beds has actually helped their health and their bonds).
So I’m curious—how do you and your partner sleep? And do you think it plays a role in your relationship satisfaction? Share your thoughts in the comments!