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Longtime TV host Carson Daly said he and his wife had been sleeping in separate beds for a few years.
Daly said they began their “sleep divorce” while his wife was pregnant with their fourth child.
It is estimated that one in four married couples practice “sleep divorce”, claiming that it improves their rest and their relationships.
TV personality Carson Daly said getting a ‘sleep divorce’, where he and his wife don’t share a bed, was the ‘best thing’ for his marriage.
On Friday, The Today Show host said he and his wife Siri Daly started sleeping apart a few years ago.
“We both admittedly slept better separately,” Daly said during the segment.
While Siri was pregnant with their fourth child, they both struggled to get a full night’s sleep, Daly said. He added that his diagnosis of sleep apnea, which can cause loud snoring, did not help their situation.
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“We woke up and just shook hands and said, ‘I love you, but it’s time to sleep the divorce. It’s going to be the best thing for all of us,’ Daly previously told People.
Daly and his wife are the latest couple to break tradition and sleep in separate beds. A 2017 National Sleep Foundation survey found that about one in four married couples break up before bedtime. Some couples opt for two beds in the same bedroom, while others like Daly also prefer separate bedrooms, but they all agree that the sleep divorce has improved their sleep and, therefore, their relationships.
Research has shown that a good night’s sleep can increase our ability to relate to others and solve problems, in addition to decreasing feelings of anger and irritation.
If you want to try a sleep divorce with your partner, but are worried it will negatively impact intimacy, experts suggest taking it easy.
Spend time cuddling before bed, have regular conversations about how the arrangement is working for you, and be intentional with physical contact at other times of the day, therapist Emily Jamea told Self.
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