One in four couples sleeps apart for better rest

A survey from the National Sleep Foundation finds that almost one in four married couples sleep in separate beds or separate rooms to get better rest.

Baylor College of Medicine assistant professor of medicine in the section of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine Dr. Philip Alapat said disruptions like snoring, sleep walking, restlessness are serious.

“So if somebody is very sensitive to noise, light, disruption by a movement in the bed from the bed partner, those things matter,” said Alapat.

He said if those things are preventing you from getting good quality sleep of sufficient quantity, it will start to adversly affect your daytime function in the short term. In the long term, it can affect your life span.

“The sleep needs for each individual are non-negotiable. And that sleep that’s obtained should be in an environment that is fostering as good quality sleep as possible,” said Alapat.

Not sleeping together, doesn't mean it's a bad marriage.

Physical intimacy can take place any day, or night.

If you're sleeping in separate beds—and it's not related to sleeping issues—you might want to see a therapist.

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