We recently learned via The Atlantic a fairly bewildering statistic: One in four couples sleep in separate beds (according to the U.S. National Sleep Foundation). A similar survey in Canada found an even higher number: Between 30% and 40% of couples sleep in separate beds, varying by age. Anyone who's ever heard the phrase "they're sleeping in separate beds" knows that there's a stigma associated with the habit, so those numbers certainly surprised us.
Like many people, some psychologists believe sleeping with your significant other is important to your relationship, but contrarily, sleep researchers find it harmful. They suggest that being continuously awoken by sound and movement can actually prevent your brain from entering deeper stages of sleep, which can in turn create relationship problems. Sleep specialist Dr. Neil Stanley found that couples suffered 50% more of these sleep disturbances if they shared a bed. So it’s a battle between the psychological benefits and the physiological downsides. The verdict is out on whether this habit might actually be improving relationships, but if the numbers continue to grow, we might just have to give it a shot.
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