Married, but Sleeping Alone


One in four married couples sleep in separate beds, and the other three married couples seem fascinated by their sleeping arrangements.

Snoring is the top reason given, if you’re wondering.

75% of people asked in a recent survey report having sleep issues because of their partner. One in ten couples sleep in separate bedrooms.

Dr. Viviana Coles, a Houston relationship and intimacy therapist, says it might be in their best interest. “I think for a lot of people sleeping in separate bedrooms allows for better sleep habits, which then gives people an opportunity to be in a better mood – usually – and allows for better health benefits.”

Sleep is a major indicator of overall health.

Those couples just have to work harder at intimacy. “People who sleep in separate bedrooms are going to have to make more concerted efforts to reach out to their partners for intimacy, but it can be more exciting,” Coles adds.

Dr. Coles says an open dialogue is the most important element to work out. To work successfully, each partner needs to be on board with the arrangement.

If working different schedules in a 24/7 world has each partner coming and going at different times, separate beds or separate bedrooms could be what works. What's unfortunate is the stigma attached to married couples sleeping apart: having slept on it, it may be their best solution.

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