Couples who touch while sleeping happier: Study

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, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

How a couple sleeps together shows how happy they are in their relationship, a British study has found.

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire polled 1,000 people about their preferred sleeping position and their relationship.

The study found 42% of couples sleep back to back, 31% sleep facing the same direction and just 4% sleep facing each other.

As well, 12% spend the night less than an inch apart.

"One of the most important differences involved touching, with 94% of couples who spent the night in contact with one another were happy with their relationship, compared to just 68% of those that didn't touch," researcher Richard Wiseman said in a press release.

The study found 86% of those who sleep less than an inch apart from their partner are happy with their relationship, compared to only 66% of those who sleep more than 30 inches apart.


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