11 science-backed benefits of singledom
Regardless of what romantic comedies and your nosy grandmother might tell you, being single isn't the end of the world. In fact, there are plenty of real benefits to flying solo. Whether you're single by choice or just in between beaus, here are 11 science-backed reminders that being single can actually be pretty great.
1. SINGLE PEOPLE EXERCISE MORE…
If you're single, there's a good chance you're hitting the gym more often than your married peers: A 2011 study found that men and women who have never been married exercised more than people in any other marital category (including currently married men and women, as well as divorcees and widowers).
2. …AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHIER WEIGHT.
You're also more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Multiple studies have found that men and women tend to pack on the pounds after they get married. One study found that married men are more likely to be overweight than their single peers, while another found that women who lost weight in preparation for their weddings had a tendency to gain weight in the six months following the ceremony.
3. THEY SLEEP BETTER.
It should come as little surprise that sharing a bed with another human being can affect how much sleep you get. After all, having someone tossing and turning, snoring, and talking in their sleep beside you can affect even the deepest sleepers. Being single cuts down on nighttime disruptions and can help you get a more peaceful night's sleep.