USA Today: Couples sleeping apart has become increasingly common: A 2012 survey by the Better Sleep Council and a 2017 survey from the National Sleep Foundation both showed 1 in 4 couples now sleep in separate beds.
But “there’s still shame attached to it for some people because of how taboo the topic is,” says Dr. Meir Kryger, a professor of medicine at Yale’s School of Medicine and author of “The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.”
Kryger says no couple should feel embarrassed about the practice: “For a lot of couples, sleeping apart can be the best thing for their relationship.” However, experts agree sleeping separately impacts the family as a whole, and it’s important parents address the sleeping arrangements with their kids.
Kryger has met with families where children have experienced embarrassment, insecurities, or concerns as a result of their parents’ sleeping arrangements.
“Some kids have even wondered if their parents’ decision to sleep apart means they’re not in love anymore,” he says.