Sleeping Apart – the New Relationship Hack?

10 Feb 2023

Prior to the 1950s, sleeping in separate beds was common practice and only in more recent times has it been considered a sign of a broken marriage.

Rachel says there are many benefits to sleeping separately when couples do it intentionally.

“A good night’s sleep will make you far less irritable, far more empathetic and in a much better mindset to be in a relationship,” she said.

“There is quite good research to suggest it [sleeping apart] improves communication; when you’re tired your empathy is reduced and you can be less compassionate.”

“There’s the excitement of coming together, the intimate part of your life can be more exciting, there’s that novelty and fun part,” she said.

The problem comes when there is a lack of communication and normal rituals of reconnection such as “good morning cuddles” are not supplemented.

Many celebrities couples are now choosing to not sleep together such as NRL start Benji Marshall and his podcast wife Zoe Marshall , David and Vicotria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Brad Falchuk, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as well as Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew. The latter calls it her secret to a happy marriage.

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