Romance, social life and family ties can all affect your sleep!

Let’s face it we are all affected in one way or another by Valentine’s Day. Even if it has very little meaning for you personally and you don’t pay much attention to it (you do so at your peril if your partner does observe it!) it has now somehow been extended to February as being known as the ‘month of romance!’

It’s hard to ignore a time when almost everyone around you feels like love is in the air – and why should you? – it is a generally happy time when young suitors are seeking romantic liaisons and even mature married couples make some effort to keep the ‘spark’ alive in their relationships.

How you interact can affect your sleep

What many people don’t realise is that those who tend to be loners, or for reasons of work perhaps spend less time with others, can be losing out on good sleep. We have written enough articles on the subject for you to know the severity of that, but suffice to say sleep deprivation or simply poor quality of sleep can have many effects on somebody, tiredness and ill health being the most obvious. 

So exactly in what ways can romance, social life or family ties (or the lack of them) affect your sleep?

What the research says 

Like most other things to do with sleep (as it is such a vital aspect of our lives) these factors have been researched and according to a ‘’World Economic Forum’’ article we stumbled upon, the research is very interesting. Romance, social ties, like those we have at school or in the office, and the social ties we have with family can all have some effect on our sleep if we are not active or unhappy within these types of relationships.


The research has mostly been done on married people in this respect and one study revealed that on the days that women reported more positive relationships with their partners both they and their male counterparts had better quality sleep. 

Another study which involved unmarried American college students revealed that ‘a general sense of security in a relationships with others was linked to less disturbed sleep – regardless of whether or not students were currently in a committed relationship’

Social interactions 

One study that asked more than 900 Canadian students about their social life during their first year of college showed that after the first year the students who had reported being more engaged in social activities had fewer sleep problems. They had less difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. Similar results are reported amongst work colleagues in satisfying working relationships. 

Family ties

What about time spent with family? One study revealed that people who enjoyed family support experienced less ‘troubled sleep’ than those who experience family strain. I am sure it goes without saying that nurturing good family relationships will contribute towards better sleep.

Another study revealed some different kinds of results. A study by the American national sleep foundation that tracked the daily habits of 71 American youth for three days revealed, ‘’Youth fell asleep more easily on days when they spent more time than usual interacting with friends. But they took longer to fall asleep on days when they spent more time than usual with family!’’

So, it appears that based on the fact that all the other results are based on people getting better sleep when less stressed by relationships, maybe college kids see family time as more stressful than time spent with friends?

Better sleep – no matter what

One way you can assure you get better sleep no matter who you are sharing the bed with, who your friends are, or how you interact with your family, is to sleep on a great Truform mattress. Truform mattresses are designed for superior comfort and support to ensure the best night’s sleep you can get.

Contact us directly or find a store near you to try one out today. Stay safe – stay healthy and always sleep tight!