As mentioned many times before, sleep is extremely important to your health. There are various factors that contribute to a poor night of sleep, and though it may be acknowledged in private before, a doctor has now publicly stated that sleeping in separate beds may be good (or even better) for married couples.
For some couples, I believe that’s very true. Issues of snoring, blanket-hogging and movement can be disturbing for the partner, which results in poor sleep. It is especially the case when the partner is a light sleeper.
I know from experience that having kids join you in the night is extremely annoying. I also know that my husband would prefer to sleep in his own bed – no disturbances from anyone. I, on the other hand, would prefer to sleep with my husband. Yes, we end up disrupting each other’s sleep, but there’s also a sense of security knowing that someone is there.
We’ve done the sleeping separately deal. I can’t speak for him, but I really haven’t noticed that my sleep hygiene is any better. I do notice that there is less waking up in the night, but it is not nil. That may just be a function of the bed I sleep on. In any case, the jury’s still out on this.
At least the doctor didn’t advocate that all married couples sleep separately. It would only be a consideration if there were some serious sleep issues involved. And it need not be a permanent state. I have to admit that we both have sleep issues and are constantly tired. But, the first step would be to get decent beds.