Sleeping together, but not sleeping together

The Washington Post reassures us that it's OK to take refuge from a partner's snoring by crashing on the couch.


Page Rockwell
January 11, 2006 3:03AM (UTC)

Do you enjoy peaceful slumber but find your shut-eye is often disrupted by your bedfellow's flailing limbs and/or buzz-saw snore? Well, today's Washington Post offers some radical relationship advice: Go sleep somewhere else.

A 2005 study by the National Sleep Foundation found that "disruptive bedmates rob their partners, on average, of 49 minutes" of sleep per night. It also found that 23 percent of couples sleep apart because of snoring, kicking or another sleep problem. (From what we can tell, the study's "other sleep problem" category may include insomnia and different bedtime preferences, but not sleep schedules that diverge because of work, parenting duties or vampirism.)

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Sure, it might be a bummer to sleep sans your sweetie. But 49 minutes seems like a lot of sleep to lose. And separate bedrooms let you recapture the magic by booty-calling your beloved from down the hall.

Still, the Post is presupposing a certain level of luxury. What are you supposed to do if you have a snoring spouse and a studio apartment?


Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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