‘Sleep divorce’ becoming more common
More partners are opting to sleep in separate bedrooms.
The trend is called “sleep divorce,” and there are all kinds of reasons including different work schedules or one person is disruptive to the other.
Elizabeth Pearson and her husband Ryan made the change eight years ago and haven’t looked back.
“I snore, he snores… we were really just keeping each other awake, I think we had really poor sleep health. And so once we connected the dots that we slept so much better separately, we really embraced it,” she said.
Dr. Alicia Roth of the Cleveland Clinic said without adequate sleep, your mental health and physical health are going to suffer.
“It’s going to be that much harder to do things during the day, and I think it causes some resentment in relationships when one person is a good sleeper but they’re disrupting the other person’s sleep,” she said.
A report by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine finds one-third of couples occasionally or regularly sleep in separate bedrooms.