#1 Weirdest Reason Why You Can’t Sleep – How to Stop it Fast (Tips & Tricks)

By on August 24, 2016
To sleep well, sleep experts say we need restorative sleep, a type of uninterrupted sleep that restores our energy and health at the highest level.

However, achieving it isn’t always easy. To obtain it, we need to feel safe from harm–and that means feeling more secure, protected, and secure in our surroundings.

One area where we experience all of these feelings, researchers allege, is through a romantic partner. But does it really matter for a good night’s rest? That’s something they tested in a recent study, now published in the journal Social Personality and Psychological Science.

As it turns out, they were right.

“Our findings show that individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turn improves their sleep quality,” says Dr. Emre Selçuk, a developmental and social psychologist at Middle East Technical University in Turkey and lead author of the study. “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.”

The Research

For the study, researchers examined 698 people between the ages of 35 to 86, who previously took part in the Midlife Development in the United States Project. 219 of these participants also took part in a sleep study which evaluated how well they slept, including if they achieved “restorative sleep” on a regular basis.

In addition, researchers interviewed them about their relationship with their romantic partners. They specifically wanted to see how responsive their partners were to their needs–such as if they comforted them during times of stress or provided good moral support. Collectively, researchers referred to this as “perceived partner responsiveness,” something they believed played a factor in their sleep habits.

Did it?

According to their findings, it did–in a big way.

“Perceived partner responsiveness predicted lower self-reported global sleep problems through lower anxiety and depression and greater actigraph-assessed sleep efficiency through lower anxiety,” write researchers in the online version of Social Personality and Psychological Science. “All indirect associations held after controlling for emotional support provision to the partner, agreeableness, and demographic and health covariates known to affect sleep quality.”

As a result of these findings, researchers say this shows that our relationships can also make a big difference in our sleep habits. And when our relationship isn’t good with our partners–something that, unfortunately, is a reality for many people–our sleep is the first to suffer.

That’s not good for your health.

“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,” says Selçuk.

What This Means For You

If you’re struggling to get enough sleep, here’s a serious possiblity to consider: Your relationship. If you don’t feel emotionally close or even dislike your partner, chances are it could affect your sleep habits in a big way, say researchers.

Readers: What do you think? Has your relationship ever affected your ability to fall asleep?

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