Study: More Couples Are Sleeping In Separate Beds

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 11/25/2013 | 12:45 PM EST

More and more couples choose to sleep solo

According to a new study, more American couples are choosing to sleep apart. While in concept, it might sound like a bizarre choice to sleep in a separate bed than your partner, many couples are starting to find value in it.

In 2005, The National Sleep Foundation polled respondents, who revealed that one in four Americans were sleeping in a bed other than their partner's. Since then, that number is said to have increased. In fact, 60 percent of custom-built homes are expected to have separate master bedrooms, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Sleeping in a separate bed than your partner may not sound so romantic, but there are practical reasons for wanting to rest solo. Loud snoring, sleep talking, restless movements, and other night distractions, pose as legitimate reasons to want to leave your spouse - at least when it’s time to sleep. Other reasons include difference of opinions with things like snuggling up with the kids, watching television late at night or differing work schedules. Practical reasons aside, having someone poke you with their elbows may be just enough reason to want to retreat to your own sleep oasis.

But sleeping apart may not be for everyone. For some, sharing a bed is the best way to have intimacy in your relationship. It’s a time where couples have time to talk about their day, share their feelings and cuddle. Still, the choice to sleep apart is a personal and serious decision to make. Just because you and your partner are soulmates, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a perfect match in the bedroom.

What do you think? Would you consider sleeping in a separate bed than your partner?

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