- Sharing a bed with a partner could mean an increase in having a more restful night's sleep, according to new research.
- Researchers from the Centre of Integrity of Psychiatry in Germany investigated the relationship between bed-sharing and sleep quality.
- They found that couples who slept together were better off.
The study was conducted over four nights with 12 young, healthy couples and measured the quality of sleep with and without a partner, using a technique called dual simultaneous polysomnography, which is an exact, detailed, and comprehensive method to capture sleep on many levels.
The participants also completed questionnaires to better understand the couples’ relationship characteristics. The results showed that rapid eye movement was both increased and less disrupted in couples sleeping together. REM sleep, which is associated with vivid dreams, has previously been linked to emotion regulation, memory consolidation, social interactions and creative problem-solving.
The researchers also found that couples synchronise their sleep patterns when sharing a bed.
Compiled by Afika Jadezweni