Sleep divorce is becoming popular among Americans: Reports

Visual Representation: Sleep Divorce, Credits: Google
Visual Representation: Sleep Divorce, Credits: Google

Washington DC, United States: The majority of the population of the United States of America is engaging in the practice of ‘sleep divorce’ to obtain better and healthier sleep. According to the report released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, more than a third of the population of the nation is following the practice.

The Academy has informed that “sleep divorce” is a practice used by people to stay asleep at night without interruptions like missing covers, snoring or early alarms. While following this, the couples opt to sleep in different rooms at night.

The spokesperson of the AASM – Dr Seema Khosla, addressed this sleeping practice and linked it with healthy relationships. She outlined that a good night’s sleep is very important for both health and happiness. “So it’s no surprise that some of the American couples are choosing to sleep apart for their overall well-being,” Dr Khosla, who is a pulmonologist, said.

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Through a press release shared by AASM earlier this year, the spokesperson stated, “We know that poor sleep can worsen your mood, and those who are sleep deprived are more likely to argue with their partners. There may be some resentment towards the person causing the sleep disruption, which can negatively impact relationships.”

She furthermore addressed and mentioned that the word “sleep divorce” might sound harsh but actually helps couples achieve healthy sleep.

It is worth highlighting that the American Academy for Sleep Medicine engaged around 2,005 adults in the US in the survey. Out of the total, 43 percent were millennial couples, 33 percent were couples from Generation X, followed by 28 percent and 22 percent of Generation Z and baby boomers couples.

What experts have to say:

A consultant to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine – Dr Erin Flynn-Evans, during an interview with CBS News, underscored the benefits of sleeping separately for some partners.

Evans was quoted saying, “Studies demonstrate that when one-bed partner has a sleep disorder, it can negatively affect the person sleeping next.”

While citing an example, Dr stated, “The bed partners tend to wake up at the same time even if one has insomnia. Similarly, when bed partners differ in chronotype, like when one is a night owl and the other is an early bird, the sleep of partners can be negatively impacted because of these differing sleep preferences.”

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Following this, Dr Flynn-Evans addressed the sleep disorder named sleep apnea. The consultant to AASM noted that an individual who has symptoms of the same must seek treatment.

A sleep specialist at the Allegheny Health Network – Dr Daniel Shade, during an interaction with CBS Pittsburgh, stated that if couples are honest with each other, then there, they will likely know whether there’s a problem.

He further addressed some of the factors which may affect the sleep of one of the partners. Shade was quoted saying, “One of the partner will be disturbed, if you’re snoring and you’re thrashing about, or you’re getting up at 4 am to go to work, or you have to use the bathroom many times in a night, and that can get disruptive.”

Additionally, he also noted some other factors, such as different light preferences, temperature and TV usage, that may cause disruption in the sleep.

However, while concluding, he underscored that “by all means, sleeping in the same bed is better” for every couple.

Additionally, he briefed down the benefits of sleeping together for a couple. He outlined that the human body releases a hormone named oxytocin and other chemicals, which are called “cuddling hormones.” And if a couple sleeps together, then “things that give us a good feeling and bring us closer to that person we’re imprinting upon that we’re with.”