Relationships Brochure - The effect of intimate...

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Research shows that strong partnerships can help us avoid illness, adopt healthier habits, and even live longer. On the other hand, troubled relationships tend to breed stress and weaken immunity . Weight gain: It's a common belief that couples "let themselves go" after pairing off, and there may be something to it. According to a 2012 review people tend to gain weight as they settle into marriage and lose weight when a marriage ends. "Dissatisfaction in the relationship can lead to passive-aggressive eating behaviors and sleep problems, which will lead to weight gain Sleep problems: Relationships can affect sleep in less direct ways, too. Relationship insecurity or conflict is associated with poorer sleep and to make matters worse, sleep problems can exacerbate relationship problems, creating a vicious cycle. Depression: Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, so it makes sense that relationships can affect depression in similarly complex ways.

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