If your partner is a bad sleeper and you are thinking of sleeping in a separate bed, you aren’t alone. According to research by Toronto’s Ryerson University, 30% to 40% of couples sleep apart at night.
Although many people say they sleep better with their partner in the same bed, research says different. Colleen Carney, director of Ryerson’s Sleep and Depression Laboratory, says that testing shows when the brain is monitored during sleep the brain goes into deeper stages of sleep when a person sleeps alone, than with a partner as they are not being continuously woken up by movement or sound. One British study actually found that couples suffer up to 50% more disturbances when they sleep with someone rather than alone.
Sleep specialist Dr. Neil Stanley, encourages couples to do what makes them happy. If you are content and sleeping well with your spouse there is no need to make a change but, don’t be afraid to try new ways of sleeping if you aren’t.