UK Telegraph 09 June 2008
Scientists have discovered that women in happy unions are more likely to have a better night’s sleep that their less content counterparts. Evidence presented at Sleep 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), in Baltimore, showed that women who were happy in their marriage were less likely to have difficulty falling or staying asleep. They were also less likely to wake too early in the morning. The study, by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, looked at 1,938 married women with an average age of 46 years.
The scientists asked the women about their marital happiness, the quality of their sleep and whether they had any problems nodding off. According to the results, happily married women were less likely than unhappy ones to have problems sleeping.
…”Divorced individuals tend to have more sleep problems than those who are married; however, among the married, we know very little about how differences in marital quality may be linked with sleep,” said Dr. Wendy Troxel. “The results show that happily married women have fewer sleep problems than unhappily married women.” The researchers believe that doctors should look at the quality of a patient’s relationship when they treat their sleep problems.