Sharing a bed with your lover is not only bad for your health, but also bad for your relationship, according to a study by researchers at Britain’s University of Surrey. Why?
A snoring spouse who tosses and turns can rob you of precious sleep and cause real resentment in your relationship. The BBC News reports that, on average, couples who share a bed suffer 50% more sleep disturbances than couples who sleep apart. Sleep specialist Dr. Neil Stanley says that historically we were never meant to share a bed. The modern tradition of the marital bed began during the industrial revolution when people moved to crowded towns and cities. Short on living space, they improvised by having married couples sleep in the same bed. Now Stanley thinks most couples would benefit from separate beds since poor sleep is linked to depression, heart disease, strokes, lung disorders, traffic and industrial accidents and even divorce. Many couples insist they sleep better when their spouse is in bed with them, but scientific evidence shows otherwise. When couples share a bed and one of them moves around in his or her sleep, there is a 50% chance the sleeping partner will be disturbed.