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Having Trouble Sleeping? Your Partner Could Be to Blame

Getting a good night's sleep doesn't come easily for all, especially if you sleep next to a bed hog or a snorer, but new research shows that the remedy for catching those much needed zzz's is sleeping next to the right partner.

A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh discovered that women who are happily married or coupled up have less trouble sleeping than their single, unattached peers; and you might be surprised to know that caffeine, the amount of sex they had, stress, and alcohol consumption had little impact on this study. Wendy Troxel, an associate professor of psychiatry who worked on this study, explained:

The results showed that even after taking into account all of these factors that are known to influence sleep, the level of marital happiness emerged as an independent risk factor for the existence of sleep disturbances.

Whatever your relationship status may be, tell me, do these findings ring true to you?


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
My problem is that my husband comes to bed later than I do and we never wake up at the same time. It's always annoying but not enough to make us change our habits.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I love my husband dearly and actually don't sleep well when he ISN'T next to me due to traveling for work...but I sleep badly when he IS next to me too, as he just recently started snoring, and hits me in his sleep! Then there's his annoying, codependent cat...
Food Food 8 years
Yikes! I'm trying not to take this as a bad sign. :-/ It's annoying — we don't sleep well together, yet when we're apart we can't sleep well either. It's like we can't win!
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I sleep better with him. Sometimes he's a bed hog, and very occasionally, maybe one time a month he snores, but other than that, I never have problems. However, in our old place, I could NEVER sleep, and it wasn't because of his habits, but because of echo, and the fact we had an air mattress. I think that most of my sleep issues dissipated when things got better...and my sleep is never directly effected by him doing something. I just feel more comfortable when he's around, I guess because he is the protector.
lolliriots lolliriots 8 years
Same with me, cordata. However, I can fall asleep, if he isn't on his back (that's when he snores his loudest). But I usually go to bed before him, so I have time to fall asleep.
xopiperxo xopiperxo 8 years
my bf snores ALL the time
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I have trouble sleeping without my partner. I toss and turn a lot. :(
Aimeelo Aimeelo 8 years
If we are apart for a couple days, since we do not live together, it takes a night to get used to each other again and then after that we are sleeping like babies. Also, which I find interesting is that I hate snoring. I can't sleep if there is noise, but my boyfriends snoring doesnt bother me that much. i guess its love.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
I sleep good either way.
janagoldhill janagoldhill 8 years
i sleep better with my husband in the bed..but that wasn't the case for the first 8 months of our relationship. he's a huge cover hog and i am also very particular about the way i sleep. so we sleep with separate comforters. now we both sleep like rocks and have trouble sleeping or sleep less when the other isn't in bed too..
meechie meechie 8 years
Lately I have a better night of sleep when my bf is in the bed compared to sleeping by myself.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I actually heard a story that diffred from this a tad bit saying that women in particular needed "space" ( physical) for a good night sleep. So if you sleep with a man that likes to cuddle, or sleep right under you chances are that is one reason why you are not getting a good night sleep.
emalove emalove 8 years
My husband snores sometimes, but I manage to sleep through it. I'd rather have the snoring then sleep alone--I HATE that. Can't fall asleep without him there!
cfp cfp 8 years
This is a weird study, in my opinion, mostly because I feel like there are a lot of variables that could affect the results that they didn't account for. But I have never slept well with any of my previous boyfriends in the past and I don't sleep well now. So maybe I am an anomaly.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
SO TRUE! When things were happier in my relationship, I used to be able to sleep like a baby with my then boyfriend/now ex. Things got bad the last year of our relationship ... and I never got a good night's sleep when I was with him. I guess it was losing the sense of security around him that made it hard for me to sleep.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'd say it's true. I always slept better with a boyfriend in bed with me.
avantgardeology avantgardeology 8 years
When he and i are mad at one another, we lay there for about 10 minutes till we say something. otherwise, we fall asleep fine.
avantgardeology avantgardeology 8 years
My boy used to snore a LOT and really loud, but not anymore. Its so wierd! But I find myself sleeping soooooo much better when he is with me. I live with him, so yes. This research is very true. I sleep way better when he is next to me.
GScott86 GScott86 8 years
...I actually like her snoring and or heavy breathing...helps me sleep.
bri_jai04 bri_jai04 8 years
So true!!!! I thought I was just
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 8 years
Actually this is extremely true. When my boyfriend and I are having problems (example last friday we had an argument and although we made up i was still a little annoyed and it was on my mind for a few days) I have the worst nights of sleep. Last night, however, I had the most amazing sleep I have had in a while and I think it was because we had a really wonderful, loving day together. We couldnt stop hugging and kissing and holding hands (which we hadnt really been doing because I had gotten a bad cold) and I just felt so in love last night that I slept soundly and I woke up with no problems.
soccerkim soccerkim 8 years
Yah I definitely sleep like a baby next to my honey. Unfortunately for him, I snore and he doesn't always sleep as well! :)
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I love sleeping curled up next to my bf. I definitely sleep better with him. It's such a nice feeling. I feel safe and completely relaxed.
Simone-Grant Simone-Grant 8 years
This completely rings true to me. One of the best things I can say about a new boyfriend is that he's easy to sleep with. A man who's hard to sleep with means a relationship that's probably not going to last.
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