According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, about 25 percent of married couples have different bed rooms; up from about 12 percent in 2001. Sleeping in separate rooms do not mean less intimacy as quality time can be spent together in either room before sleeping time. With greater awareness of the health implications of inadequate sleep, the percentage of separate bedroomers is likely to increase as shown in the recent study.
A dual master bedroom pattern is likely to emanate, whereby two rooms of equal size and facilities are connected by a door,; a few couples already practice this.
However, below are some reasons why some couples have separate bedrooms:
1. Sleep pattern/Work Schedule/ Entertainment preference
People have different sleep patterns, early sleepers and early risers; late sleepers and late risers. These patterns can not change easily just because you are now married.
Work schedule is another reason, some people start work at 7.30 am, others at 9am; some also do shift duties. Therefore sharing a bedroom with one person preparing for work while the other still needs to sleep is not health-wise.
Entertainment preference is another issue, some spouses prefer to watch TV in bed, watch late night movies also in bed; this could be most disturbing to a spouse who wants to sleep.
Spouses in most cases have different TV favourites, having separate rooms takes care of this problem.
2. Toss and Turns, Leg movement syndrome
Some people are restless in bed; they toss and turn or suffer from leg movement syndrome (always moving their legs). This disturbs the partner who ends up every morning irritable and unprepared for new day.
3. Living together apart
In a few instances, couples share different bedrooms when the relationship has broken down irretrievably/in-the-process-
of but still wish to give a semblance of working marriage to the children, family and friends.
They live in the same house but have no intimacy.
Snoring can be very disturbing to the snore, the snorer is fine but the snoree may not be able sleep. This can happen through the night and that means for people NO SLEEP.
5. Light sleeping
Some people are light sleepers, they wake up on any little noise or movement. That means their sleep cycles are disturbed. Sleeping again is not usually easy. Even a short spell of sleep is better than disturbed sleep
6. Presence of a child
The presence of a child below the age of five can necessitate separate bedrooms as the child may want to share the bed with the parents. This could be uncomfortable; a different room addresses the problem.
7. To remain healthy
Sharing a bed room for some couple can mean poor sleep. Everyone should try to sleep for about seven to nine hours daily and at the same time; that is 10pm to 6am or 11pm to 7am. You can keep a dairy
Poor or lack of sleep reduces concentration, affects memory and general performance.
Good sleep helps to build up or maintain your immunity against diseases, helps to maintain normal blood pressure and also body weight.
Sleep deprivation can cause under eye circles and puffiness, dull-looking skin, and it also contributes to stress, which aggravates skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.
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8. Need to give each other space
Every human being needs some space to operate, some time alone to think, meditate, reflect and just relax without interference. To dress up or just go nude or even fart freely. These things are not possible in a shared room.
Couples must no choke each other, for those who need some breathing space sometime, separate rooming is ideal