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Couples who sleep less than an inch apart might be happiest

Couples Who Sleep Less Than An Inch Apart Might Be Happiest

A new study from researchers in Britain claims you can tell how happy a couple is by how closely they sleep.

So who are the happiest couples of all? According to the results, the ones who sleep less than an inch apart -- basically touching each other -- are the happiest.

KPRC says people who faced each other but did not touch were the least satisfied. The next one was sleeping back-to-back without touching. Facing the same direction and not touching: 76 percent satisfied.

With a 91 percent satisfaction rate, same-direction touching and back-to-back touching were the most satisfied couples.

The results were discovered through a survey of more than 1,000 people.

The Telegraph talked to the study's lead author, who said, "The key issue is if you have a couple who used to sleep close together but are now drifting further apart in bed, then that could be symptomatic of them growing apart when they are awake."

Not everyone is buying the results - including couples who have been married for years. NBC notes:
"I'm not sure I agree with this, being married for 15 years. You're on top of each other the whole night. It's not a reflection of how much we love each other. We just got a king bed. It used to be kind of tight, but now there's this vast gulf."

KABB spoke to a couple, "I don't think that would be very comfortable. Dragon breath. Ew, gross. I need my space at night. I get hot."

And for all of you who share a king-size bed, ... dun dun dun. The study found the least happy couples are the ones who sleep 30 inches or more apart.

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IBruzEZ April 17 2014 at 4:02 PM

Rubbish.!! the first little bit, yeah it is all new, then reality comes in.... you work, he works different shift, he snores, someone is restless, tosses and turns, kicks the partner... away you go, moving away for a good night sleep, which is what makes you happy.!

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Allien IBruzEZ April 17 2014 at 4:33 PM

yep. that's been me through 3 marriages, and 3 divorces.

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rwest42096 April 17 2014 at 7:40 PM

Ever hear of hot flashes or night sweats??? After 25 years of a perfectly happy marriage, I like my space in bed. Doesn't mean you can't get close once in a while!!!

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bjredmond64 April 17 2014 at 1:15 PM

i love sleeping close to my hubby. it just feels so right.

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adika3z bjredmond64 April 17 2014 at 2:36 PM

great loving and warmly

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ocvettek April 17 2014 at 12:59 PM

We have a king size bed and swear we only use 1/3 at any given time.

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airstream ocvettek April 17 2014 at 1:09 PM

then what's the point of a King sized bed?

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bjredmond64 airstream April 17 2014 at 1:15 PM

ours has 4 dogs on the remaining 2/3's.

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Gumby airstream April 17 2014 at 2:49 PM

Think of this as a trampoline!

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Sage April 17 2014 at 12:55 PM

lol. This is presuming all couples are alike. Unfortunately, many couples, especially young ones that are still going through that stage of changes make us crazy, are going to think something is wrong with them because they don't sleep cheek to cheek. Every couple is different and will find their own rhythm for how they most comfortably sleep together. Or do anything together for that matter.

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Brilliant One!!! April 17 2014 at 12:29 PM

We've been married since shortly after the earth began cooling and from our perspective, this is a load of manure. Warm manure.

My husband snores like a schizophrenic wildebeest. Additionally, we both fall into the "Geez, those folks are huge" size range. Consequently, we sleep in a king-size bed, usually facing away from one another. Sleep comes after some serious snuggle time, during which we are definitely touching one another, so the idea that we are somehow unhappy because we indulge in specific sleep preferences that don't include those described herein, is ridiculous. We turn our backs to one another so I can sleep and he can snore in blissful abandon.

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BRAIN April 17 2014 at 12:27 PM

The results of this study are very relative. How researchers define "happiness"? how about culture? japanese sleep the same as arabics or latinos or indians? whe n a person is touching the other with big parts of his/her body, and if the other is in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleeping= dreaming; it is pretty likely that this person will have a nightmare.
The secret for a good relationship is to have a small bed because you have to SEE and TOUCH the other person before sleep and that promotes COMUNICATION.

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jtobend April 17 2014 at 7:45 PM

ha ha ha..probably true but when you have 3 bff's[best furry friends] in between, it is a whole different world..lol

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janefrey April 17 2014 at 8:01 PM

We have a 57th anniversary coming up! We haven't slept in the same bed let alone the same room in about 20 years and we are doing just fine.

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Carol April 17 2014 at 8:01 PM

We have been married for over 61 years. When we were were young, we slept closer together, in a queen size bed, but not touching... We have had a king size bed for over 40 years now, and like to sleep on either side, with space in the middle. I don't believe the way you sleep, has much to do with whether you are happy together or not. It's what you do and say to each other during the day, that keeps you together ( or not) .

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Sunny Carol April 17 2014 at 11:11 PM

Carol, I am going to take your word on that because being married for 61 years makes you an expert. Congratulations and many more happy years together.

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