Can a couple feel together while sleeping apart? (VIDEO)
If it meant a better night's rest, would you sleep in a separate room from your partner? Don't feel ashamed if your answer is "yes." Many people may actually prefer a separate sleeping arrangement; they're just too afraid to give it a shot.
In a survey from the Better Sleep Council, more than a quarter of U.S. adults in a relationship said they sleep better alone than with a partner. The majority of respondents cited problems with snoring, the temperature in the room and tossing and turning.
Sleep issues are no stranger to Stacey Rose, head of The Rose Relationship Learning Center in Ocean.
Couples don't come in specifically because of sleep disagreements, but the topic does come up quite frequently.
"He likes to watch TV; she doesn't like the TV light on," Rose explained. "She gets up to go to the bathroom. Maybe one of them has sleep apnea and wears a CPAP machine, which is loud and cumbersome."
For many people, Rose said, the easiest solution is just sleeping in separate rooms.
And, despite what most people may think, sleeping separately does not have to mean the beginning of the end for a relationship.
"It's really just sleeping in separate beds for practical reasons - to get a better night's sleep," Rose said.
And as long as couples make a conscious effort to connect with each other in the morning, during the day and before bed, Rose said, there's nothing wrong with retiring to different rooms for the night.
In fact, with a quick online search of the term "sleep divorce," you may find sleeping separately has more of a shot at helping a relationship than hurting it.
Rose said married couples can even have some fun with the arrangement, asking "your place or mine tonight?" like they did when they were dating.
"It can be fun and romantic and playful," she said. "It doesn't have to be a sign of distance."