Sharing a bed with your spouse, even if there is marital conflict or too much difference of opinion in your life, will not only make your sleep better, deeper and meaningful but also help you solve real-life problems with ease. A new research has found that couples who slept together had enhanced and less disrupted rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep compared to when they slept individually.
The REM sleep is associated with vivid dreams and has been linked to emotion regulation, memory consolidation, social interactions and creative problem solving. However Dr Drews and colleagues overcame these limitations by also assessing sleep architecture in couples that shared a bed. They measured sleep parameters both in the presence and absence of the partner using dual simultaneous polysomnography, which is a “very exact, detailed and comprehensive method to capture sleep on many levels — from brain waves to movements, respiration, muscle tension, movements, heart activity”.
In order words, the higher participants rated the significance of their relationship to their life, the stronger the synchronization with their partner.Interestingly, researchers found an increased limb movement in couples who share the bed. However, these movements do not disrupt sleep architecture, which remains unaltered. The research furthers our understanding of sleep in couples and its potential implication for mental health, they added.