These are both situations which can cause a rise in stress levels.
The researchers suggested that the lower levels of cortisol in married people could also be related to better access to healthcare due to the availability of insurance and more economic support.'Married people have multiple sources of income, which helps in receiving better healthcare,' Chin said.'Additionally, having someone around encourages you to practice better healthcare routines: not smoking, not drinking, eating better and sleeping well.'He added that future research will look at psychological factors to see if they play a role as to why stress levels drop lower in married people as opposed to their single peers.
Past research has suggested that married people are healthier than those who are single, divorced or widowed.Increased cortisol levels are linked to prolonged stress and can disrupt the body's ability to control inflammation.Previous studies have suggested that marriage may be associated with lower cortisol levels because most married people are relatively satisfied with their marriages.Multiple samples were taken daily and tested for cortisol levels.Researchers found that the married participants had lower cortisol levels than the never married or previously married people across the three-day period.
Lead author Brian Chin a Ph D student in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of Psychology, said that the difference in cortisol levels between married people and singles dropped by one percent each day.'Although that doesn't seem like a lot focusing on just one day, it really adds up over time,' he told Daily Mail Online.