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Up to a quarter of married couples sleep in separate beds, while 10% admit that they have separate bedrooms, according to a survey from the National Sleep Foundation. The trend is being nicknamed a “sleep divorce.”
A poll of 2,000 Americans found that nearly half of respondents would prefer to sleep alone rather than with their significant other, according to the survey by Slumber Cloud, a bedding company. About one in five say their partner was the biggest problem preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep.
But just because couples choose to sleep in separate bedrooms doesn’t mean their relationship is at risk.
“Couples often feel pressured to be in the same bedroom because that is what our culture deems as healthy for a good relationship,” Corrin Voeller, couples counselor and owner of Prosper Therapy in Minnesota, told realtor.com®. “But when they let go of those expectations and embrace that this is what they’re doing in order to have a healthy relationship, separate bedrooms can be the perfect solution.”
Separate bedrooms can be an attractive option to those with a snoring partner or one who likes to stay awake later into the night.
Dual master suites are a growing option for couples who want to sleep apart. Real estate pro Martin Eiden with Compass in Manhattan says he’s noticed the trend. “More and more couples are sleeping in separate rooms in order to get a decent rest,” Eiden told realtor.com®.