Newly Single? Why You're Better Off Sleeping Alone

Illustrated by Emily Zirimis.
One of the hardest parts about a relationship ending is going back to sleeping alone. Your bed, once cozy and inviting, can seem like a vast, lonely space. But, there's an upside to snoozing solo that you might not have thought of: You'll sleep better at night. 

Women in particular are more affected by their sleeping partners. In a 2007 study, couples were asked to spend at least 10 nights alone and 10 nights together while their sleep was monitored. The research showed that women experienced greater sleep disturbances than men, leading to a poorer night's sleep, while sleeping quality stayed the same for men whether they slept alone or with a partner.

Research shows that women report significantly more awakenings caused by partners than men do. So, if you think your partner's tossing and turning is kryptonite to your beauty rest, you're probably right: In the same study, actigraphic recordings (which are a non-invasive way of monitoring rest and activity cycles) found that men had a significantly greater number of movements during sleep than women, and that restlessness can undermine women's slumber.

But, a poor night's sleep doesn't just leave you with dark circles under your eyes. It has a big impact on your physical and mental health and is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, as well as weight gain, faster skin aging, mood swings and poor concentration.

So, while you're single, make the most of having the bed to yourself — spread out, hog the comforter, load up your bed with pillows! You just might miss it when your next relationship comes along.

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