Sleep divorce isn't just a trend — new scientific research backs the separate beds theory

I have been practicing this for many years, amid some disapproval. So I am glad that science has caught up with me. I am now apparently an exemplar, not a pariah. I am however a very restless sleeper so I had little choice in the matter

New research from the University of Michigan finds that it’s actually more beneficial for couples to sleep apart than together, if a disruption-free eight hours is the goal.

The news comes as more and more couples are opting out of conventional, shared bed sleeping arrangements, with celebrities like Cameron Diaz pushing to end the stigma around sleeping in other rooms.

Called a “sleep divorce,” one in three Americans are keeping the sheets to themselves for improved health — and for sake of their relationships, a recent survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found.

That correlates directly to the number of U.S. citizens not getting enough sleep, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We know that poor sleep can worsen your mood, and those who are sleep deprived are more likely to argue with their partners,” said Dr. Seema Khosla, a pulmonologist and spokesperson for the AASM.

“Getting a good night’s sleep is important for both health and happiness, so it’s no surprise that some couples choose to sleep apart for their overall well-being.”


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