Co-sleeping is linked in most of our minds to a normal and functioning relationship, a deep emotional connection, and a strong sexual attraction.
Sleeping in separate beds was until recently associated with the habits of older couples who separate bedrooms for various reasons - illness of one of the partners, sleeping hours that are too different, snoring, etc., and the general assumption about them is that they are "tired" of the nocturnal intimacy and are content with their waking hours to hang out together
Studies from recent years indicate that this stigma is already beginning to disappear from the world, among other things that more young couples are choosing this lifestyle, and also that as a result, it was discovered that there are actually many advantages of sleeping separately for the emotional and sexual closeness in a relationship, starting with the fact that sleeping separately minimizes Conflicts that arise due to different sleeping habits, and up to the emotional side effect which is the increased longing for physical contact that sleeping couples always take for granted.
In a study conducted by a well-known mattress company, it turned out that half of Americans who live with their partner are interested in trying sleeping in separate beds.
The study examined the things that interfere with couples sleeping together.
The survey, which was conducted among 2,000 adults who live with a partner, revealed some interesting data:
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Sleeping habits are often established during childhood, and more than half of respondents (56%) grew up sharing their room with a family member such as a sibling.
The vast majority of these respondents (86%) think that this experience prepared them to be more inclusive when it comes to living together and sleeping together.
In addition, people are creatures of habit - 40% of respondents continue to sleep on "their" side of the bed even when their partner is not around.
45% of them admit that their sleeping habits and positions in bed do not change even when they sleep together outside the house.
Another habit left over from childhood is the psychological sleep aids.
Many adults haven't let go of their security blanket since childhood - to be exact, 52% of those surveyed slept with a specific blanket or stuffed animal to relax before bed, and 77% of this group reported that they continue to do so even now, when they share a bed with their partner.
"Many people sleep as a couple, and this decision brings with it various sleep disturbances," added the director. "People who sleep together can look for solutions that minimize the disturbances, from mattress features that reduce the movements that disturb the partner in the middle of the night to various cooling technologies that become much more essential when sharing a bed ."
This does not mean that your relationship is not good (Photo: ShutterStock, PeopleImages.com - Yuri A)
That doesn't mean couples don't want their quality time together.
Despite the willingness to sleep in separate beds, more than two out of five people (42%) prefer to go to bed at the same time as their partner, and use the marker before closing their eyes to watch TV shows or movies together (28%), and to chat about their day (24%) .
As soon as they are ready to sleep, 53% of those surveyed would rather hug their partner, than turn their back and fall asleep.
The respondents were also asked about the biggest sleep disruptions caused by co-sleeping and revealed that their biggest annoyance is when their partner steals their blanket (35%), wakes them up due to his movements at night (35%), sleeps with the TV on (28%), snoring (28%) or sleeping with the lights on (27%).
The survey also found a gap in relation to the age-old question of showering before bed - almost two-thirds (64%) of people answered with a resounding "yes" and 58% confirmed that they would be slightly upset if their partner didn't wash themselves before bed.
For parents, however, there are more sleep disturbances than just their partner's sleeping habits.
More than a third of the parents reported that the children sneak into their bed on average two nights a week (37%), while one in five parents (20%) claimed that three nights a week they wake up when a child comes to their bed.
In conclusion, 49% of those surveyed would be willing to try sleeping in a separate bed as a way to rest better.
Because the average person gets less than four nights of quality sleep a week - sleeping with a couple.
In conclusion, quality sleep is based, among other things, on maintaining a stable sleep routine, whether you sleep alone or together, and it is important to communicate this and make sure to commit to good sleeping habits, including regular bedtimes and turning off the light before bed.
Couples who wish to separate their beds should not worry about what this means for their relationship, because, surprise - it turns out that the quality of a relationship is measured according to much more complex and personal parameters than your sleeping preferences.
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