Be cautious about who you let into your life, their influence could affect your sleep. A new study published in the journal of Personal Relationships found a connection between your romantic life and your sleep quality, Mind Body Green reports.
The social scientists mined data collected from 260 study participants born in the mid 1970s and tracked them from the time they were born until they were adults. The study group was asked about their loved lives, their stress level and their sleep quality multiple times over the course of their lives. The researchers found that those who reported experiencing great relationships in their early adulthood had better sleep quality by the time they reached 37. The correlation remained steady across gender, income, education and ethnicity.
“One explanation is that people who possess the interpersonal competencies necessary to maintain relationships marked by mutual caring, trust, conflict resolution, and other positive characteristics are also more likely to have other traits that may mitigate their exposure to and reduce the severity of those stressors when they occur,” the paper explains.
“For instance, people who score high in romantic relationship effectiveness may be more likely to demonstrate caring and responsiveness in other types of relationships (e.g., with family or co-workers), which might reduce exposure to conflict. Moreover, when stressful events due to uncontrollable sources are encountered (e.g., unemployment, death of a family member), people high in relationship effectiveness may also be more likely to possess intrapersonal and interpersonal resources, allowing them to cope better with the stressful life event and reduce its severity.”
The research also points to how positive romantic relationships can reduce stress from a protection and emotional safety standpoint.
“Cues of social belongingness and emotional security can facilitate a sense of protection that down-regulates stress reactivity and promotes better sleep,” the researcher states.
“Given that romantic relationships are an especially potent source of social belongingness and emotional security in adulthood, one’s experiences, tendencies, and engagement in his or her romantic relationships should have a particularly strong impact on sleep patterns.”