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Guys, Want To Sleep Better At Night? Cuddle Your Partner Beside

Guys, Want To Sleep Better At Night? Cuddle Your Partner Beside

Most attached men would find themselves wanting to be able to sleep alone sometimes because their blankets get snatched away, they get kicked at night and worst, if their partners are heavy snorers. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that these men will get exactly what they wish for – better sleep. Cuddling up to your partner beside could be the answer on how to sleep better. Read more to find out why!

Sleeping Longer and Better Than The Opposite Sex

In a recent study, researchers who posted in the journal, Behavorial Sleep Medicine, revealed that while most men and women reported better sleep when sleeping with a partner, there was one gender who slept longer and knows how to sleep better when curled up alongside their partners and it was the men!

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For the study, 15 twenty-something couples were made to sleep with each other and alone for 5 consecutive nights in different settings and were instructed to keep a sleep diary and wear activity-monitoring bracelets. Scientists wanted to find out whether different locations such as his or her place and whether sleeping alone or together affects sleep in couples.

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As they had revealed in the journal, the location did not matter and couples sleep just as well in each other’s houses. However, women received the same quality of sleep whether it is with a partner or not, which makes us kind of wonder why is it that it defies the evolutionary assumption of women feeling more secure due to their smaller frame and muscles and hence, are able to sleep better than men with a partner.

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Women Sleep Just As Well Without A Partner

According to researchers, it can be argued that because men are more prone to sleep apnea, their snoring and loud breathing could be disrupting the deep sleep of which both women and men crave for and thus, women are happy just the same if they’re sleeping with or without a partner.

To add on to this surprising find, psychologist Wendy Troxel isn’t surprised that men fare better on shared beds and said that studies have shown that men are very dependant on close and committed relationships as compared to women. Her research managed to show that married men are much happier and healthier than single men while her findings were very inconsistent among women.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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