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Not Every Couple Can Sleep In The Same Bed And That's Okay

Imagine this: you're lying in bed next to a partner who is snoring, taking all the covers, and encroaching on your side of the bed.

Unfortunately, this is a reality faced by millions who choose to sleep in the same bed as their partner, night after night.

While you could smack them awake (been there!), there's another option.

Here's why "sleep divorce" a.k.a sleeping in separate beds isn't a bad thing.

Research has found that sleeping in bed with someone can leave you cranky in the morning.

If it's not their snoring or TikTok use that's bugging you, it's something else, like their body heat.

"Having a person whose body temperature is 98.6 degrees next to you, or worse, touching you, will cause a potential disruption," clinical psychologist and sleep doctor Michael Breus, Ph.D., told Bustle.

There's also some guilt that goes into wanting space in bed from your partner.

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You feel like you should be cuddling (or doing something more) and if you ask for space or, god forbid, turn the other way, your partner might feel like you're not attracted to them anymore.

But what if sleeping in separate beds could actually *improve* your relationship?

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Research has found that humans are more patient, kind, and fun to be around when they've had a good night's sleep.

You may even feel more in the mood to get romantic with your partner — win-win!

With all this said, there's clearly something to sleeping in separate beds.

If you do so, you're not alone: in 2017, the National Sleep Foundation found that 1 in four couples sleep in separate beds.

So what are you waiting for?! Go get some undisturbed sleep — you deserve it.