Separate beds may be gaining popularity

aThere are plenty of comfortable and attractive beds for sale now and demand for these products may be on the up. Traditionally, married couples share one bed, but it seems as though there is a growing trend for spouses to have their own sleeping areas. Of course, to achieve this, couples need to have two beds as opposed to one.

 Writing in the Guardian recently, Tim Lott suggested that there is “a lot of evidence that sleeping apart is gathering popularity”. He claimed that the trend is gaining pace in the US, and when on to note that Britain tends to follow America “closely in terms of social trends”.

 There, the National Association of Home Builders states it expects six in ten new homes to have dual master bedrooms by 2015. Meanwhile, a survey conducted in 2005 in the US revealed that nearly one in four couples slept in separate beds, mainly because it gave them a better night’s sleep.

 Mr Lott went on to draw attention to the importance of getting enough shuteye when it comes to people’s general health. To illustrate this point, he mentioned a 2005 survey of 70,000 women aged over 16 that found those who slept for five hours or fewer per night were a third more likely to put on at least 33lb than sound sleepers. Scientists believe this is because after a few days of sleep restriction, the hormones that control appetite cause people to be hungrier.

 He also pointed to a 2006 study conducted by a team at the University of Vienna that indicated sharing a bed can reduce brain power. The research found that sharing a bed with their partner can lessen men’s thinking abilities. These individuals performed worse in cognitive tests after sharing a bed than when they slept alone.

 Sleep guru Dr Neil Stanley is an advocate of separate beds. He said: “Poor sleep is bad for your physical, mental and emotional health. There is no good thing about poor sleep.” He added: “Sleep is the most selfish thing you can do. People say they like the feeling of having their partner next to them when they are asleep. But you have to be awake to feel that. We all know what it’s like to sleep in a bed with someone and have a cuddle. But at one point you say, ‘I’m going to sleep now.’ At that point, why not just take yourself down the landing?”

 He also noted that the average British double bed width is four feet six inches, whereas a standard single bed is two feet six inches or three feet wide. “That means you have nine inches less sleeping space in your bed than your child has,” the expert stated.

 Luckily for couples who want to invest in new beds to help them get more shuteye, it is now easy to purchase these products. Many consumers head online to find good quality, cheap beds. This is convenient and it also helps ensure they have access to the best deals around.

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