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Feel Good: Sharing Your Bed Is Good

Just having someone next to you at night, has all sorts of health benefits a study shows.



Studies at the University of Pittsburgh suggest that sleeping next to someone you feel comfortable with promotes a sense of security and safety, lowering levels of stress-related hormones. In turn, that reduces inflammation and boosts oxytocin, known to ease anxiety. Furthermore, the studies imply that couples with differing sleep habits (and who may have opted for separate bedrooms) should work to accommodate each other’s patterns. Some scientists believe that merely sleeping with a partner might be the reason couples seem to live longer, healthier lives.

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