According to a feature appearing in the Wall Street Journal, more and more research suggests that co-sleeping may be a major reason why people in close relationships tend to live longer and enjoy better health than people who live alone.
Experts See Correlation
According to Wendy M. Troxel, an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, her studies have shown that women in stable, long-term relationships tend to fall asleep easier and enjoy longer periods of healthy, uninterrupted sleep than do women who sleep alone. Likewise, other studies have demonstrated that solo sleepers tend to have shorter life expectancies and more health problems.
What Is the Reason?
Experts aren’t sure why co-sleeping seems to promote better health; however, they suspect that feelings of security and safety may result in lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Less stress tends to promote better sleep, which helps ward off potential health issues. Sleeping with a loved one is also believed to reduce cytokines, which cause inflammation, while increasing oxytocin, a hormone that reduces anxiety and promotes feelings of well-being.
A Problem for Sleep Apneics
Unfortunately, many people suffering from sleep apnea are unable to enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping. Because they snore, wake frequently and toss and turn; sleep apneics tend to disturb their partners. Often, this causes both sleepers to feel tired and can even build animosity between husbands and wives.
If you or your partner is suffering from sleep apnea, an effective treatment can be a godsend. Contact Dr. Weiser’s office today to learn about a comfortable, quite sleep apnea treatment that will help you and your loved one enjoy many nights of peaceful sleep.