Read How Being Single Could Make You Live Longer

Read How Being Single Could Make You Live Longer

When Sex And The City's Samantha Jones (goddess of singledom) uttered to Smith Jerrod "I love you, but I love me more", she could have been onto more than she knew.

As it turns out, being single has a vast number of health benefits that could actually mean you live longer, The Sun reports.

So when those overbearing relatives at your next family gathering ask "when are you going to settle down?", you can tell them it's for your health (feel free to whip out the below statistics for extra impact).  
Single people socialise more

When you're single, you have less responsibility to other people, which means you're more likely to go out when you want, chat with many different people and completely dictate your social life.

Figures from the American Bureau of Labor Statistics showed single people spent more time talking to friends than married couples.

While married people spend 7.8 minutes staying in touch with other people over phone calls and emails, singles spend an average of 12 minutes a day.

Why does this matter so much? Studies have shown having friends can hugely increase life expectancy and your mental health.

In fact, psychologist and author of The Village Effect, Susan Pinker writes, "Without sustained social interaction, the human brain may become as impaired as one that has incurred a traumatic head injury."
You tend to be slimmer

According to a study published in the Journal Of Family issued in 2015, a single person tends to have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index).

The Western Washington University study looked at 20 years data of more than 3000 participants and found that single adults, no matter their sexual orientation, had a lower BMI than those in a relationship.

It was also found that people experienced a sudden weight loss after a divorce and single people were thought the be skinnier because they wanted to look their best to attract a new partner.
You're less stressed

When you're not in a relationship, you generally have more time to dedicate to yourself, like holidaying or learning a new skill.

Single people spend, on average, 5.56 hours a day on overall leisure time, reports Business Insider UK, whereas married people only focus 4.87 hours of their day on leisure.

There are countless studies that suggest leisure time and focussing on one's self greatly improve your mental wellbeing by reducing stress.

But it's not just psychological. Studies have found that people who choose to spend their downtime on physical activity have healthier hearts and lower blood pressure.Â
You sleep better

We're always told how important a good night's sleep, and being sleep deficient is linked to a wide range of physical health problems, including increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke.

It can also impact parts of the brain; for example, you might have problems making decisions, solving problems and coping with change.

Interestingly, a survey by Amerisleep found that single people get an average of 7.13 hours a night (the recommended amount is between seven and nine hours), while those in a relationship slept for 7.07 hours and those who were married slept for just 6.71 hours.
Single people have less debt

Having a family can be expensive, and it's getting harder every year.

In fact, the cost of raising a child in Australia has gone up 50 percent since 2007 (to about $458 a week), but average household income has gone up 25 percent.

If you're single, no kids and no spouse means you're generally spending more money on yourself; less debt and ease when it comes to saving means less stress.

We all know how much havoc stress can wreak on your physical and mental wellbeing.

It's shown to shut down the immune system, damages critical parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus (the area responsible for memory), and thickens your arterial walls.

This makes it harder for your heart to pump blood around your body, so therefore increases your risk of heart disease.

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