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Do You and Your Spouse Need a “Sleep Divorce”? The Experts Weigh In on this Modern Marriage Strategy


There is no doubt that sleep is very important for Chicago couples’ mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation can make every day easy tasks seem like an impossible uphill battle, can prevent us from doing our best at work, and can impair our relationships with our families and friends when we are unable to do things due to extreme exhaustion. Indeed, sleep is critical to our functioning, but it is not always the easiest thing to get. One of the reasons that sleep may be more difficult than it should be for some Chicago couples is the sleeping habits of their spouses. Accordingly, a recent study revealed that more than a whopping one-third of American couples are now opting to employ a strategy in their marriage for a better night’s sleep: a sleep divorce. But what is a “sleep divorce”, and is it right for you? Here is what the experts say.

“Sleep Divorce” – A Way to Save a Marriage Before Things Get Out of Hand

According to Alicia Roth, PhD, a doctor with the Cleveland Clinic, “If you are sleep deprived for any reason, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your mental health is going to suffer, your physical health is going to suffer.” Thus, when there are sleep issues between couples, “It’s going to be that much harder to do things during the day, and I think it causes some resentment in relationships when one person is a good sleeper but they’re disrupting the other person’s sleep,” Dr. Roth opines. When spouses in a marriage have different work schedules or when one person enjoys staying up later than the other, it may make sense to implement a “sleep divorce”. That is, sleeping apart from your spouse so that you can both get a good night’s sleep. Another reason that Chicago couples may opt for a sleep divorce is if one spouse snores, disrupting the other spouse’s sleep. In sum, sleep divorce is not necessarily a negative concept in a marriage, and “although that’s kind of a nice catchy name,” says Dr. Roth, “I don’t always like to call it a ‘sleep divorce’ because it’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

When Marital Problems are More than Just a Bad Night’s Sleep

Of course, implementing a sleep divorce with your spouse may not solve all of your marital problems, as more than bad sleep may be to blame for the breakdown of a married couple. If you are interested in potentially filing for a divorce – and not just a sleep divorce – in Chicago, it is best to chat with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your rights and options. The experienced Chicago divorce lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC are here to help Chicago individuals and couples with their divorce. Contact Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC today and speak to an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer about your rights and options.



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