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Why Sleeping Separately Can Save Your Marriage


Many of us underestimate the importance of sleep — that is, until a lack of it makes us realize how much better we feel when we have adequate rest. You probably feel like you’re in a bad mood when you don’t get enough sleep.

If you have a newborn in the home, then you may not get enough sleep. But what if you have no children in the house? Well, if you’re married and sleep in the same bed as your spouse, you may still struggle with adequate sleep.

Sleeping with someone can impact your night in many ways. Your partner may be stealing your covers. Maybe they toss and turn all night. Perhaps they snore. Or maybe their alarm wakes you up too early.

More than 30% of Americans deal with this issue by sleeping in separate bedrooms. This is called a sleep divorce and while the name may sound severe, it’s a lot better than a full-on divorce that ends your marriage.

Sleep is important. It allows our bodies to calm down and relax. When our bodies don’t relax, we become irritable. Conflicts are more common in marriages when one or both spouses don’t sleep enough. Marriages also suffer in other ways. A person deprived of proper rest becomes nervous, works poorly, and has a lower libido. Plus, knowing that your spouse kept you up half the night with their snoring or restless behavior can breed resentment, which can also cause harm to marriages.

Given this, a good night’s sleep is essential for marriages. Proper rest is important for both health and happiness, so many couples are choosing to sleep apart to improve their marriages and their lives in general.

Anyone can benefit from sleeping separately. However, couples with different schedules and sleep disorders benefit the most. For example, when one person has insomnia, both spouses tend to suffer. Also, sleep can be affected when one person is a night owl and the other is an early bird. Both partners can be impacted.

Many other factors can play a role. For example, one spouse getting up multiple times to use the restroom at night can be disruptive. Differing preferences in light and temperature can also affect both spouses. So can TV usage at night.

But not everyone has to sleep alone. If there are no sleep problems, sleeping in the same bed may be better. Couples release cuddling hormones such as oxytocin, which makes us feel happy. That makes us feel closer to our spouses, which is always a good thing.

Seek Help for Your Divorce Case

A good nights’ sleep can help with many health and emotional problems. But even if you sleep in separate rooms, your marriage may still be destined for divorce.

Need help ending your marriage? See how a Dade City & Zephyrhills divorce attorney from Madonna Law Group can assist you. We’ll be honest with you about what to expect. Schedule a consultation with our office today by calling (800) 557-041 or filling out the online form.



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