They say that your relationship status can help to improve your health from helping to reduce your chances for becoming ill to living a longer life. However, what they don’t say is that just like a relationship can help your health a bad one (or rather parts of a relationship) can do just as much damage to your health. Take a look at these 4 ways your relationship can harm your health and why.
1. The “Letting Go” Effect
In a recent study conducted by the University of New York it was found that people tended to gain 10-30 pounds once getting settled into a long-term relationship. The reason why is that once you’ve found someone to be with your are less conscious about your looks and let yourself go… from not exercising as much to eating more and worrying less about your outward appearance. Weight gain, even an additional 15 pounds, can put added pressure on your body which can affect everything from your heart function to your hormone balance and more.
2. Stress from the Relationship
All relationships can incur stress whether it is problems communicating, financial issues, not seeing eye to eye with everyday matters or something else. Stress can cause the body to be in a constant state of nervousness and worry that makes the organs work harder just to function properly. Stress can also play havoc with weight, hormones and emotions, doubling up on the stress already from in the relationship.
3. Sleep Problems
Sleeping next to the person you love can do a world of good to help you relax and get a more restful sleep… but, if your spouse has sleep issues such as snoring, insomnia, sleep apnea or the like you can end up have sleep issues right alongside them. In a 2005 poll done by the Sleep Foundation, the results showed that the people polled reported a higher chance of fatigue and interrupted sleep if their sleeping partners suffered from a sleep issue themselves.
4. Depression from the Relationship
Much like stress, depression can have horrible affects on a person’s body and if a relationship is experiencing turbulence those within it are more likely to experience mild to severe depression. When a person is depressed it shows both inward and outward from a less happy demeanor to a reduced appetite (therefore a loss of weight), all of which can put added stress on the body.