Sleep Closer, Have a Better Relationship

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The easiest fix to a fight with your significant other might be to get physically closer during sleep. That's the conclusion of a new study on couples' sleeping position from psychology professor Richard Wiseman. “If you behave as if you find someone attractive, then you actually end up liking them more,” says Wiseman  “Cuddle your partner at night and you may end up finding them more attractive and feeling happier with them.” This is one time when “fake it 'til you make it” might actually work.

According to Wiseman's study, literal closeness during sleep reflected a feeling of closeness as a couple; 94 percent of the couples who touched all night said they were happy in the relationship. On the flip side, the further away partners slept, the less happy they felt (whether they acknowledged that during waking hours or not). For those who slept less than an inch apart, 86 percent reported feeling content with their relationship, while such bliss was only described by 66 percent of those who slept more than 30 inches apart.

For those who find spooning a bit claustrophobic, there's still hope; any kind of close proximity works. The study found 42 percent of couples sleep back to back, while 31 percent sleeping facing the same direction, and 4 percent face each other. And whether you're with a significant other or sleeping solo, the study unearthed that while snoozing on your right side is considered generally better for men's circulation and cardiovascular health, more creative people tend to sleep on the left side. Want a happy relationship and also write that great American novel? Sleep on your left side – with your partner less than an inch away.