People sleep better alongside a loving partner who is responsive to their needs, according to a new study.
Social psychologists at Middle East Technical College in Turkey studied nearly 700 people between the ages of 35-86, all of whom were either married or living together.
And they uncovered evidence to suggest a link between how responsive someone is to the needs of their partner and how well they slept.
They also came to the conclusion that those people in relationships where they felt loved and cared by their partners were less likely to experience anxiety and depression, which in turn would allow them to get a good night’s sleep.
Dr Selcuk’s paper on the study suggested that their findings would have implications for therapists when dealing with people with relationship problems.
He said, “The inherently interdependent nature of adult romantic relationships means that romantic partners, as well as perceptions of one’s romantic partner, play a meaningful role in promoting better health and well-being.”
“Our findings suggest that enhancing perceived partner responsiveness has the potential to increase the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce sleep disturbances in particular and improve individual well-being in general.”
Sleeping well is widely accepted as having a beneficial effect on physical health. The type of sleep that you need to recover from the daily grind is called ‘restorative sleep’.
However, this type of sleep requires a feeling of safety, security, protection and an absence of threats.
When we were children, this role was fulfilled by our parents, but in adulthood this role is performed by our romantic partners.
Dr Selcuk comes to the conclusion that;
“Having responsive partners who would be available to protect and comfort us should things go wrong is the most effective way for us humans to reduce anxiety, tension, and arousal. Taken together, the corpus of evidence we obtained in recent years suggests that our best bet for a happier, healthier and a longer life is having a responsive partner.”