A new survey found that people laying next to someone they love actually fall asleep a lot quicker, and sleep longer throughout the night.
Charisse Cooke, a relationship psychotherapist at Charisse Cooke Therapy, explained why:
“Psychologically, the presence of a partner represents security and reduces feelings of danger, loneliness and isolation. Even though sleeping with a partner can sometimes cause disruption to our sleeping patterns, due to snoring, restlessness or medical health issues, the vast majority of people prefer that to sleeping alone. This speaks of our interdependence with other people and the importance of social relationships and sense of community, even in our modern, individualistic lives.”
The same study also looked into what people do before bed that contributes to a good night’s sleep. Turns out, the best thing we can do before bed is read a book!