The evening represents many things to different people. It’s a time to unwind, a time to catch up on sleep, and for many couples, it’s the most opportune time to connect with one another. Establishing a nightly habit can help strengthen your bond and make you even happier! Discover five things happy couples do before bed:
1. Put Away Your Phones
Studies show that being on your phone before bed can ruin your sleep anyway, so instead of scrolling, spend some time with your partner! Social media dependency also suppresses the release of oxytocin in your body. This hormone is responsible for emotional intimacy and bonding. Forget about work, emails and your worries. Make this time to unwind together. Pillow talk connects couples emotionally, helps you forget about problems, and makes you feel relaxed.
2. Don’t Argue Before Bed
You’ve all heard the old saying to “never go to bed angry.” Well, scientists have found evidence to support that sleep may make it harder for people to forget things they’d rather not remember. Avoid starting heated arguments before going to sleep. If it happens, don’t “sleep on it.” If you go to sleep angry, chances are you will wake up angry and find it much harder to let go. Try to resolve the argument so it doesn’t drag on to the following day.
3. Kiss and Cuddle
We’ve said it before, intimacy is another form of communication. Don’t forget to kiss your partner goodnight as well as cuddle for a few minutes when you are already in bed. Cuddling is an awesome way to de-stress and create intimacy.
4. Go to Bed at the Same Time
The benefits of going to bed together are obvious enough. The quality time you and your partner spend beforehand can be emotionally nourishing. However, many couples don’t see each other all day long and have a habit of going to bed at different times. Try to go to bed at the same time to prevent negative late night habits and to maintain the warmth and intimacy of your relationship.
5. Read to Each Other
While reading, you both discover new things, you learn together, become smarter and share similar interests. You will also be surprised on how you can get to know and understand your partner better while talking about a book you’ve just read together.