One in four couples do not sleep in the same bed. The reasons are varied—snoring, late TV watching, one person gets up early and the other does not—but the results are the same. Couples who don’t sleep in the same bed miss out on a lot. They miss out on those “just before you doze off” shared remembrances of the day. They miss out on just one more kiss, or more, in the area of physical closeness. They also miss out on these three health benefits as reported in the Wall Street Journal.
1. Hormone Boost. Shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
2. Love Chemicals. Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.
3. Mind Benefits. “…The psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner.” Dr. Wendy Troxel.
The Journal article also said, “…Some scientists believe that sleeping with a partner may be a major reason why people with close relationships tend to be in better health and live longer.”