1 in 4 Couples Admit to Sleeping in Separate Beds

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What are the benefits to sleeping in separate beds? One man shares his thoughts.

Back in the days of Lucy and Desi Arnez, it was common to see married couples in separate beds. But times have changed, and now the perception is that all partners happily fall asleep in each other's arms.

That's not entirely true, though. The U.S. National Sleep Foundation has reported that a whopping 25 percent of married couples sleep in separate beds. Thanks to opposite sleeping habits, loud snoring, and other sleep disorders, some couples are perfectly happy catching their zzz's apart from each other.

In a new video arguing a defense for sleeping alone, The Atlantic's senior editor James Hamblin, MD, says that there are psychological benefits of falling asleep next to the person you love, but it can also be very disruptive when you're trying to get some shut eye.

“Who needs another person waking you up in the middle of the night coughing and snoring?" he says. “People are afraid to admit that they're sleeping alone because others will start whispering, 'Oh, their marriage must be falling apart.'" But he points out that's definitely not always the case.

Check out the video below to see Hamblin's pretty genius idea for how we could get the best of both worlds when it comes to sleeping with your partner and not being disturbed in the middle of the night:


Does your partner keep you up at night? Have you ever slept in separate beds? Tell us if it worked in a comment below!


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