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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 October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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