Can Snooping On Your Spouse Kill You?
The laptop is sitting there, unattended, with your hubby’s Gmail account open on the screen. You trust him, but it’s just so tempting. Nothing will happen if you just sneak a peek, right? Wrong, says Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD. Not only would you break your spouse’s trust if he found out you were digging through his personal correspondence, but snooping behaviors -- like reading his texts or going through his pockets and drawers -- can actually cause serious physical and psychological damage to the one doing the snooping: you. Here are some of the health drawbacks of snooping.
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It can contribute to impaired cognitive skills.
Excess adrenaline and cortisol, released by stress-inducing activities like snooping, can leave less blood and oxygen for the part of the brain responsible for problem solving, says Schwartz. Plus, high levels of the hormone cortisol can affect your memory. A healthy relationship filled with trust, on the other hand, has no such correlations. So choose smooching, not snooping!
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It can lead to weight gain.
As discussed previously, your body releases the hormone cortisol when you're stressed or anxious. One of most annoying things about cortisol is that it's linked to an increase in abdominal fat. And we all know the health risks of obesity (in addition to the risk of not fitting into your jeans). According to the Get America Fit Foundation, obesity is the number-two cause of preventable death. Further encouragement to keep your prying eyes to yourself.
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It can cause anxiety disorders.
According to Schwartz, chronic worrying -- a by-product of snooping -- can actually change the way your brain functions. Your brain may slip into a pattern of producing the cortisol and adrenaline that's associated with high anxiety, increasing the risk of developing an anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Women are 60 percent more likely than men to develop an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Ladies, let's collectively chill out.
It can give you cardiovascular problems.
Since snooping can trigger the release of adrenaline and cortisol, says Schwartz, your heart rate can speed up too -- and that's known to raise your blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in three adults have high blood pressure. Be one of the other two.
It can cause sleep problems.
You might find yourself tossing and turning at night, obsessing over what you weren’t supposed to see (or what you saw and misinterpreted). According to the Centers for Disease Control, inadequate sleep may be linked to car crashes, as well as an increased risk of developing a chronic disease like hypertension or diabetes, and even developing cancer.
Nestpert: Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, coauthor of You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life