What could unlock the secret to a happy marriage these days? Separate bedrooms! Common wisdom is that there’s trouble in paradise if couples sleep apart. But new figures show that nearly 40% of couples sleep in separate beds or bedrooms, and they’re happier for getting a good night’s sleep.
And science backs it up. The study had couples sleep together one night and solo the next. Researchers measured their brain waves to assess sleep quality. The result? Couples said they slept better with their partner, but their brain waves showed they were constantly awakened by their partner’s sounds or movements and never reached the deeper, more restful stages of sleep.
And that’s trouble. Sleep deprivation has been linked to a higher risk of everything from heart disease to depression to relationship drama. In fact, research shows that couples who have sleep problems have a much higher divorce rate. But if you’re happy with your sleep quality, keep sharing a bed.
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