Marital bliss linked to sound sleep for women

June 10th, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 10 (IANS) Being in a stable marriage or gaining a partner is linked to better sleep in women than being unmarried or losing a partner, according to a recent study.
According to Wendy Troxel, study lead author and professor at the University of Pittsburgh, those women who were stably married had the highest quality sleep measured both objectively and subjectively. Even after controlling for other risk factors such as age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and depressive symptoms, these results persisted.

Data was collected from 360 middle-aged women from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. The average age was 51 years. Participants were asked their current relationship status. Polysomnographic (PSG) sleep studies were conducted in their homes. Subjects also wore wrist activity monitors, which measured sleep-wake patterns for about one month.

Researchers examined the association between women’s relationship histories and their sleep by analyzing the sleep differences between women who were stably married, stably unmarried or those who had gained or lost a partner.

Results of the study suggested that women who were stably married or who had gained a partner during the course of the study had better sleep than those who were unmarried or who had lost a partner.

“Relationship stability as well as quality may be important protective factors for women’s sleep” said Troxel.

Findings of this study were presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

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