People Who Are Single Are Healthier, More Social, and Better Rested

Sophie Miura

Fall might herald the start of so-called "cuffing season," when singles find a significant other to cozy up with to brave the cooler months, but research suggests there's no need to stress about flying solo—in fact, there are significant health benefits. According to The Sun, single people socialize more, have a lower BMI, and even carry less debt than those in a relationship. It might be time to delete your online dating profile. The health benefits of being single abound, and include…

You might live longer: Howard S. Friedman, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside, tracked 1500 people for more than eight decades to study trends about longevity. One of his key findings was that single women tend to live longer than married women, contrary to popular belief.

You're more social: The American Bureau of Labor Statistics found that singles spend more time each day chatting to their friends, thus strengthening bonds. Single people spend an average of 12 minutes each day staying in touch with friends, while married people dedicate only 7.8 minutes.

You're probably slimmer: A 2015 study published in The Journal of Family found that single people tend to have a lower BMI.

You sleep better: Amerisleep found that single people get the most sleep. They tally an average of 7.13 hours per night, while married couples clock 6.71.

Next up: An editor shares why she loves to be single in her 30s.

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