Study: The Happiest Couples Sleep Really, Really Close Together



I’ve never been a big bedtime spooner, and luckily for me, my husband isn’t, either. My sister, on the other hand, is one of those all-up-in-your-grill sleeping partners; she says she and her husband spoon all night, ever night, and have even somehow managed to sync up their tossing and turning: If one person rolls, the other rolls, too.

According to a new study, she must have a really, really happy marriage because it found that couples who sleep so close together that they touch are also the happiest. Researchers at University of Hertfordshire in England found that 94 percent of couples who sleep so that they’re touching reported being “happy” with their relationship, while only 66 percent of people who don’t touch could say the same thing.

You can see where we’re going with this, right? The further apart couples slept, the less happy with their relationships they reported being: Of the one-inch apart sleepers, 86 percent of couples who said they’re happy; when the gap grew to 30 inches, only 66 percent of them reported happy relationships.

Womp womp—well, for me, anyway. In my case, though, it’s a mutual decision: Both of us like our space when we sleep, so our sleeping arrangements don’t particularly affect the happiest of our relationship. But how about you? Are you a touchy-feely bedmate, or a don’t-cross-this-line-under-penalty-of-death sleeper? Take our poll below.

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