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Separate beds for married couples can help relationship, experts say

For many married Americans, nighttime means curling up in a bed shared with their spouse. But a growing trend of couples opting for separate beds may help spouses get better sleep and alleviate marital problems, experts say.

According to a 2017 survey from the National Sleep Foundation, almost one in four married couples sleep in separate beds.

Jill Lankler, a New York clinical psychologist and life coach, says while that number seems high given the stigma that may still exist around separate beds, she’s seen more couples open to trying it.

“People are losing sleep. They are waking each other up, and there is this resentment that begins to build in a relationship,” she said. “If you don’t address that, obviously your relationship is going to suffer, your work suffers. It’s this cascade.”

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