Shine Trader Limited-Live reports:
In “I Love Lucy, Lucy, and Ricky,” the married couple on and off-screen never shared a bed. Instead, they sleep side by side in single beds. As it turns out, the way they sleep in front of the TV may be an unwitting precursor to a 21st-century trend: sleep divorce.
Studies have shown that co-sleeping, even with your partner, can lead to sleep disturbances, which in turn can lead to disturbances in wakefulness. When sleep is less than optimal, quality of life deteriorates and arguments with partners are more likely. Sleep divorce. So how does it work?
“Sleep divorce is a mutual decision between two people, by social convention, who normally share the same bed, but decide to sleep alone in order to improve sleep quality,” Sujay Kansagra, Ph.D., author of My Child Won’t Sleep and director of duke’s Pediatric Neurology Program for Sleep Medicine, told Yahoo Life. “Although a ‘sleep divorce’ has traditionally meant sleeping in separate rooms, there are plenty of other, less radical ways to improve sleep for couples.” For example, sharing a bed but using different blankets can help. Or, sleep in the same room but with the beds slightly apart so the action doesn’t transfer to each other.”
“If sleeping apart is about getting a good night’s sleep, it’s a positive option for couples,” said Lisa Brateman, a psychotherapist and relationship expert in New York. “Quality sleep with fewer distractions is good for your health in so many ways. If you find yourself tired during the day, with poor brain function, low mood, and irritability, you may want to consider the benefits of sleeping separately, which in turn can improve your relationship and the quality of your attention at work.”
While ‘sleep divorce’ may seem like an exaggeration to many, research data suggests the practice may be more common than people think. As many as 30 to 40 percent of couples sleep in separate beds, Colleen Carney, director of Ryerson University’s Sleep and Depression Laboratory, told THE Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2013. Meanwhile, a study by bedding company Sleep Cloud found that nearly half of adults would rather sleep alone.