Following in all the recent talk of single people living alone, conversations spurred largely by a recent book by Eric Klinenberg exploring the subject, The Wall Street Journal offers up a piece on how singles and couples do at lying down in their beds, closing their eyes, and sleeping. Hold on to your mattresses, single people living alone: "Couples may get health benefits simply from sleeping in the same bed, a burgeoning field of study is showing."
This is not, necessarily, another case of smug marrieds rubbing single people's noses in their superior health-based lifestyles — though you could read it as such if you were so inclined. But we prefer to take the more fact-based view. The Journal's Andrea Peterson writes, "The new research runs counter to studies that show women don't sleep as well with a partner and both men and women move around more when sleeping together." This new study, then, attempts to debunk that, and to show that sleep-deprived couples can face their problems without having to resort to "separate bedrooms." Thank goodness, that would be weird!
The University of Pittsburgh's Wendy Troxel published studies in 2009 that found that "women in long-term stable relationships fell asleep more quickly and woke up less during the night than single women or women who lost or gained a partner during the six to eight years of the study." This may be because of that devious so-called "love hormone" oxytocin, which makes women put up with all sorts of nonsense for the psychological benefits of closeness. But, couple-sleep is not all wine and roses or pillows and snores or whatever.