A Wall Street Journal article recently suggested that people in long-term relationships reported sleeping easier at night. Check out the excerpt below:

While the science is in the early stages, one hypothesis suggests that by promoting feelings of safety and security, shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle. So even though sharing a bed may make people move more, “the psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner,” Dr. Troxel says.

This got us to thinking… maybe having a cuddle buddy is a good idea. I’m a very light sleeper; any movement at night will wake me up almost immediately. For that reason, I always prefer to sleep alone. I’m also a very methodical sleeper too; I have to have my water, my snack, and the right temperature in the room before I doze off.

However, I don’t think there are many of us who haven’t been in a situation where your entire relationship with someone was just cuddling and no sexual relations. For men, this can be the most frustrating experience of our lives. You know, a spoon is for soup. Soup is usually serve before a meal, when I’ll get to use my fork. (That analogy will make sense on your way home.) Women, on the other hand, are notorious for wanting to have a cuddle buddy. They even cuddle with each other on occasion.

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Although frustrating for men and soothing for women, this article has me thinking. Could it actually be a good idea to procure the interest of a long term cuddle buddy?

– Dr. J