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‘Sleep Divorce’ May Help Strengthen Your Relationship

It’s often hard enough to fall asleep on your own at night, let alone when you’re having to listen to your partner’s snoring – but is it a case of the couple who sleeps together, stays together?

Snoring Husband

Martial bliss

Not according to Nova’s Wippa, who credits being in a different bedroom from his wife Lisa each night as the key to a successful marriage.

The radio host, who has two young sons with Lisa, revealed his unusual sleeping habits on his radio show, claiming: “It’s not a problem, to say it needs fixing would suggest there’s an issue.

“Separate beds is the way to go. There are so many people who would say separate beds are healthy for your relationship. You get your best sleep, so when I’m with the family and we’re together she gets the best of me.”

It seems Wippa may have a point, as researchers at the Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, found that as many as 40 per cent of couples will sleep in different beds at some point in their marriages.

‘Sleep divorce’ is a thing

And according to the study author, Colleen Carney, the phenomenon is also referred to as ‘sleep divorce.’

can't sleep, won't sleep

Colleen says there are usually 12 reasons why couples decided to not co-sleep:

  1. Their partner snores
  2.  Because of a new baby
  3. Tossing around too much in bed by either party
  4. Restlessness during pregnancy
  5. Past, unforgiven offences
  6. Unresolved arguments
  7. They’re filing for divorce but still living together
  8. They don’t have a sex life
  9. One party stays up late to watch TV
  10. They prefer to snuggle up with family pet, such as the dog
  11. One person wants to leave the light on
  12. Having to get up early in the morning

Hmm. So what are your thoughts? Is ‘sleep divorce’ the key to a happy marriage?

Don’t fancy sleeping in a different bed from your partner? Try these tips on how to get a better night’s sleep. Also, do you know how much sleep you family really needs?

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our senior news editor based in Sydney’s northern beaches with a passion for trending news. When she isn’t trawling social media for the latest reality TV news you can probably find her at the kettle making her 10th cup of tea for the day.

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