Sleep Divorce: Is It For You?

BY KRISTEN GARRIDO

In recent years, a new term has been making its way into conversations among couples: sleep divorce. Let's discuss what it means and find if it's right for you.

What Is Sleep Divorce?

Contrary to how it may sound, sleep divorce isn't an inherently bad thing. It's a growing trend where couples sleep in separate beds or bedrooms to improve sleep quality.

What Is Sleep Divorce?

It doesn't necessarily mean there's trouble in paradise. Think of it more as a conscious decision by couples to prioritize individual sleep needs.

Why Is This Popular?

One of the primary drivers of sleep divorce is the recognition of individual sleep needs. People have different preferences that can disrupt their partner's rest. 

Why Is This Popular?

With demanding work schedules, late-night screen time, and stress, many individuals find it challenging to sync their sleep habits with their partners. 

Sleep Science

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has a study that showed 31% of women and double the amount of men feel tired after a night of sleep.

Sleep Science

Research consistently highlights the profound impact of sleep on physical health, mental well-being, and cognitive function.

Sleep Science

Sleep deprivation is dangerous for the human body and can lead to serious longterm health risks for your heart and immune system.

What Are The Pros?

The Sleep Foundation found that about 53% of those who practiced sleep divorce slept better and got around 37 minutes more of sleep.

What Are The Pros?

Plus, if you get a healthy amount of sleep, that improves your mood and makes you a better partner overall. 

What Are The Cons?

The Oxford Academic Journal states that sleeping with a partner will improve your mental health and increases feelings of security.

What Are The Cons?

Another downside is that 40% of couples who slept in separate beds actually ended up going back to sleeping together. 

If you're trying to decide which route is right for you, it's okay to take your time in finding the right fit for you and your partner.