Sunday, 25 August 2013

Reasons couples sleep alone and benefits of sleeping together

Reports say that millions of couples in relationships are sleeping alone every night. Others are trying to sleep but are unable to do so due to their bed partner and are thinking
about moving to a couch or another bedroom.  Here are some of the reasons couples sleep apart in different bed rooms or in different parts of the house.


Sleeping disorders contribute to more couples sleeping seperately. Perhaps, the most common scenario occurs when one person is desperately trying to cover his or her head with a pillow in a futile effort to block out the nerve-racking snoring coming from the other side of the bed.

    One of the most interesting things about this kind of sleep problems is that the person with the disorder is often less affected by it, at least in the short run his or her bed partner - or other people in the house. Loud snoring can be so bad that people in other bedrooms or even other floors of the house may be unable to sleep. In fact, snoring may reach 69 decibels - which is indubitably very loud! A pneumatic drill produces, for example, 70 to 90 decibels.


Other factors such as the need for space or problems in relationships can also contribute. While some may be sleeping apart because of a need for emotional or physical space because of emotional distance created by the breakdown of a relationship, the vast majority are doing so because it is the only way they can get some sleep.


Another potential disruptive sleep problem is periodic limb movement disorder. Periodic limb movement are repetitive, stereotyped movements of the legs and sometimes the arms that occur in a pattern repeatedly.
These movements may or may not wake the person with them but they can interfere with the bed partner's sleep as he or she is repeatedly kicked or elbowed during the night.


The most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder is insomnia. The restlessness and poor sleep habits of the insomniac can have a significant and delerious impact on the sleep of the partner.
  It can be very difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep if your partner is constanting moving about, changing positions or getting out of bed and returning frequenting throughout the night.


Technology is an even greater intrusion. Forget the tired debate about TV in the bedroom, some couples twits at night when the bedroom light is off. What about some who checks e-mails, send text messages or do Facebook pages after turning out the light at night and before going to the bathroom in the morning.

  With all this commotion, it's no wonder bed has become such an unappealing place to sleep. In an age when partners no longer eat together, exercise together or pray together, sleeping together may be the last bastion of togetherness in  relationships. If pillow talk dies, can throwing in the towel be far behind?

Benefits of sleeping together

(1) Co-sleeping is better for your health seizures, diabetic shock and other medical emergencies would go undetected if not for a proximate partner. Some couples have lost their partners as a result of sleeping apart and were not available in the case of emergency.

(2) Co-sleeping is better for your sex life. Most men and women think that sexual intercourse is far more frequent if they have access to their partner. If you want it, share a bed.

(3) Co-sleeping is better for your security. Women, in particular, feel safer from intruders when sleeping with another person.

(4) Sleep specialists say that those who sleep together and pray before they go to bed are more likely to get a good night's sleep. 

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