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The surprising reason why many married couples in the West sleep alone

10:29 PM | 1 Aug, 2016
The surprising reason why many married couples in the West sleep alone
A National Association of Home Builders survey in 2015 predicted that 60 per cent of upscale homes in the U.S. would in future be planned with two master bedrooms. But even in Britain, more and more couples have begun sleeping in separate rooms.

One in six British couples choose to sleep in separate bedrooms, according to a mattress company, which conducted research after noticing a rise in internet searches for single mattresses.

More than a quarter of U.S. couples — 26 percent — report sleeping more soundly when they are alone in a bed, according to another survey by the Better Sleep Council. And as one housing developer told Southwest Florida’s Fox 4, somewhere between 15 to 20 percent of his customers show interest in the “dual master bed concept.”

Sleeping separately is not an indication of marital failutre. Instead, it is a solution for couples who have sleeping troubles.

Research shows that people who do not get enough sleep — whether because of a partner who snores, kicks or steals all of the covers, or anything else — are more likely to angrily snap at others and aren’t the best decision makers, making the lack of sleep a recipe for marital problems.

So while separate sleeping lairs may seem unconventional, it is a solution for many marital problems.

Scientists at Florida State University revealed that having seven or eight hours of sleep a night means partners are less likely to focus on the negative aspects of their relationship and are more inclined to think about the bigger picture.

They asked 68 newly wed couples to record sleep patterns for a week. They also kept a diary on how they felt about their marriage and how rows affected their view of the relationship.

Husbands benefited most from a proper night’s sleep. Even on days when they had fallen out with their wives, they felt upbeat about their marital status - provided they had been able to get a good night’s rest.


Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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