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Should couples sleep together or separately? Scientists know what you should do

It is important to always respect the other person's needs and strive for compromise.

Every couple is different when it comes to the subject of sharing a bed [iStock]

Is sleeping in the same bed with a partner a symbol of a loving relationship, or rather submission to social expectations?

Many of us wonder whether sharing a bed is the key to a successful relationship or, on the contrary, a source of discomfort and compromise.

People in love - especially at the very beginning of their life together - do not mind their partner's snoring, nudging or panting. What matters is being close.

The quality of sleep depends more on the feelings we have for the person who sleeps with us than on any discomfort that may accompany it.

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However, as time passes and the passion begins to fade, we begin to pay attention to these minor inconveniences. Does this mean our relationship is in crisis?

When one person gets up at dawn and the other prefers to spend the night watching a TV series or a book, sleeping together can be a challenge. According to science, there are a few reasons you should at least consider sharing your bed with your loved one.

Research conducted by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh suggests that sleeping with a partner may extend your life. It increases the sense of security and protection, reduces the level of cortisol (stress hormone), and also reduces the level of cytokines responsible for the development of inflammation.

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In turn, scientists from the University of Arizona claim that adults who share a bed with a partner sleep better.

Other studies show that in short-married couples, sharing a bed has a positive effect on sleep quality. However, if sleeping together is difficult for a couple, it is worth equipping the bed with two smaller mattresses or at least sleeping under a separate duvet.

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Therefore, there is no clear answer to the question whether sleeping in the same bed with a partner is beneficial to the relationship. Every couple is different and what works for some will not necessarily work for others. It is important to always respect the other person's needs and strive for compromise.

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This article was originally published on Onet Woman.

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