Does your bed partner steal the sheets at night, or insist on keeping the window open, even on freezing nights? Sleeping in the same bed with a partner can sometimes be a challenge.

But there is research out that  suggests sharing a bed can actually be good for your health.

Wendy M. Troxel, a assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, believes shared sleep in healthy relationships can have a significant effect on your health. She suggests that sleeping together lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol and raise oxytocin, the hormone known to ease anxiety. Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, which are involved in inflammation.

“Sleep is a critically important health behavior that we know is associated with heart disease and psychiatric well-being,” she said. “The psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner.”

[The Wall Street Journal]