Wife’s satisfaction in marriage is found to have a great influence on couples sleeping together in sync. Most knowledge on sleep is on individual basis rather than paired, joint or couple sleeping. Most adults, sleep in a shared manner as bed partners rather than individually. Heather Gunn, a PhD postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh however state that, how couples sleep together may influence and be influenced by their relationship functions.
This study was performed with 46 couples after completing relationship assessment, their sleep data was compiled by actigraphy over a 10-day period and it was discovered that the of married couples is more in synchrony on a minute-to-minute basis than that of random individuals.
“Most of what is known about sleep comes from studying it at the individual level; however, for most adults, sleep is a shared behavior between bed partners,” said lead author Heather Gunn, PhD, postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. “How couples sleep together may influence and be influenced by their relationship functioning.”
Couples are more likely to sleep in synchrony when the wife is more satisfied with their marriage. The overall synchrony in the sleep-wake schedules of couples is high; couples that sleep together in the same bed sleep and wake up together in 75% of the time. This time percent is greater in cases where the wife has a higher marital satisfaction.
“The sleep of married couples is more in sync on a minute-by-minute basis than the sleep of random individuals,” said Gunn. “This suggests that our sleep patterns are regulated not only by when we sleep, but also by with whom we sleep.”
Human sleep patterns is not only regulated by when we sleep but also by whom we sleep with. The partner you sleep with determines to a great extent your pattern of sleep. So also it is influenced by the kind of relationship existing between the sleep partners. Sleep partners with emotional relationships have better and greater sleep patterns.