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FAMILY 411: Two Beds for a Happier Marriage

DAYTON -- Want to know the key to a happy marriage? A study out of Toronto says, for up to 40 percent of couples, it's sleeping in separate beds.

Family 411 reporter Sheila Gray asked some local women if two beds might be better than one.  Kelly Ewing says her husband tosses and turns, you've got the two dogs.  When asked if it could work, she responded, "It definitely could!  I'll try it tonight!"

But her friend Chloe Hamilton says of her boyfriend, "I'd rather sleep with him. Maybe that'll change after a couple of years of him being on the same shift, I'll be like, can you sleep on the couch?"

Women have mixed emotions about the idea, but not everyone's surprised to hear that some couples think separate beds make for a better relationship. 

The owner of a local mattress store says, "You think of it, I've heard it.  Put it that way."  Mike LaSalle has a vast knowledge of the way people sleep. "When my dad started the company, I delivered after cross country practice 'til 9:00 at night."

Mike and his brother, Murphy, own Mattress Innovations.  Mike adds, "You see everyone's house, where they sleep, how they do it. You'll even see 2 fulls or 2 queens. I've even seen 2 kings in a bedroom."  Mike has a theory  after 16 years in the sleep business.  "I think from time to time, 25 percent or 1 in 4 Americans probably do on a weekly or nightly basis sleep in another room."

Mike is right on target. The National Association of Homebuilders reports about 25 percent of all high-end houses being built in the last couple of years have dual master bedrooms.  LaSalle says,  "This isn't about an unhappy marriage, it's definitely about the sleep."

A lot of couples may be too embarrassed to admit they sleep in separate beds.  One marriage counselor says that may be because they're confusing sleeping together with intimacy.  Marriage Counselor, Dr. Bruce Kline says, "They assume somehow that intimacy, closeness, kissing and loving goes away if you're not sleeping in the same spot."  Dr. Kline says couples sleep separately for any number of reasons:  Somebody snores, sleep apnea, diabetes and they're up in the night.

Busier work schedules, opposite shifts and most anyone would admit they're not exactly at their best when they don't get a good night's sleep.

Dr. Kline says what's important is not the sleep arrangement,  it's the work you put in during the waking hours.  He asks couples, Do you take the time to connect?  Do you take the time to be positive to enhance your relationship?  And he says if the sleep situation is about distance, it might take some extra work to close that distance.

But if you are having sleep trouble with your partner, you might want to talk to your doctor.  Also, sleep experts say remove electronics from your bedroom, things like TVs, computers, cell phones and create a dark, quiet sleep environment.

And Mike LaSalle will like this.  They also recommend investing in a good mattress.

 
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