A partner's scent reduces stress in women, says study
A study done by the University of British Columbia in Canada, has shown that the companion's scent, even in a garment, is able to lower the level of cortisol, a stress-related hormone in the female organism. the companion shirt or sleep on the partner's side of the bed when he is away, but they do not realize why they do it.Just the perfume, even without the physical presence, can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress, "said Marlise Hofer, one of the authors of the study.
The survey had 96 couples who underwent tests. The men had to wear a simple T-shirt for 24 hours without using any type of deodorant or perfume. After that, the laundry was packed and stored. Already the women smelled the t-shirt that could be new, the partner or a stranger. They then participated in a false interview, settled accounts, and answered a questionnaire indicating the level of anxiety and stress.
During the study, the scientists collected seven samples of saliva from each volunteer to measure levels of the hormone stress. The result, published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, concluded that the degree of cortisol was lower when women were exposed to the smell of the partner and the opposite occurred when the odor was from a stranger. > According to another study author Frances Chen, the findings are related to the feeling of familiarity. "With globalization, people are traveling more to work and moving to new cities. Our study suggests that something as simple as taking a piece of clothing worn by the loved one can help lower stress levels when away from home ".
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