Lack of sleep + marriage = divorce

According to sleep experts, the likelihood of a marriage surviving is increased if both partners have no trouble sleeping.

However, people with sleep disorders are more likely to have troubled marriages and get divorced, the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association has suggested.

Marianne J Davey, director of the associations, says that women prefer sleeping with their partner because it makes them feel more secure, while men favour it out of habit.

"Sleep disorders have a profound effect on a relationship. They impact on marital quality, which in turn predicts an array of health outcomes," she adds.

Ms Davey says that couples generally report better sleep quality when they sleep together "despite objective evidence to the contrary".

However, according to the results of a survey by the Sleep Council, 40 per cent of couples rarely or sometimes go to bed at the same time as their partner.

Written by Christopher Evans

Published on: February 10, 2009

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