A guest blog post on Psychology Today’s website shares the pros and cons of sleeping in the same bed with a partner.
More and more couples are opting for a “sleep divorce,” meaning partners sleep apart from one another. A recent survey reports that more than 30 percent of Americans admit that they would prefer to sleep apart from their significant others. Could a “sleep divorce” be the answer to many couples’ sleep issues?
Ask any couple that sleeps apart why they chose a sleep divorce and they’ll likely give you a long list of reasons why a separate sleeping arrangement works best for them. Atop these lists is usually the fact that sleeping apart allows partners to set their own sleep and wake times independent of one another. Partners who go to sleep at different times can wake each other up when climbing into bed or getting up in the morning, so sleeping apart makes sense for those couples whose different schedules disturb each other’s sleep schedules.