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For this Hollywood A-Lister, Sleeping in Separate Beds does Not Mean Legally Separating


For some married Chicago couples, the traditions of marriage seem antiquated and in need of replacing with modern marriage rules. From the reversal of age-old gender roles concerning “who wears the pants” in the marriage and who will raise the kids, to living in the same home with ex-husbands and ex-wives, there is no doubt that things are just different in many marriages today than they were in days gone-by. One of the interesting topics about modern marriages that has come up over the years is the notion of sharing the same bedroom and bed, and A-lister Cameron Diaz has something to say about it.

“Normalizing” Separate Sleeping Arrangements in Marriages

According to Forbes online, in a recently-aired episode of the podcast “Lipstick on the Rim”, American romantic comedy sweetheart Cameron Diaz, who is married to musician Benji Madden, shared an interesting aspect of her modern marriage. In the podcast episode, Diaz called for the normalization of sleeping separately from one’s spouse, while still maintaining the marriage. Said Diaz of the arrangement, “We should normalize separate bedrooms…To me, I would literally, like – I have my house. You have yours. We have the family house in the middle…I will go and sleep in my room…you go sleep in your room. I’m fine.” Diaz added, “And we have the bedroom in the middle we can convene in for our relations.” But what do the experts say about this arrangement?

The Experts Weigh-In on Sleeping Apart from Your Spouse While Married

Forbes notes that, according to studies, sleeping apart may make sense because if one spouse cannot sleep, it is likely that the other spouse’s sleep is also impacted. Accordingly, Forbes concludes in response to Diaz’s call to action that “Separating from a shared bed doesn’t mean severing your connection. To navigate this transition smoothly, maintain regular check-ins to ensure that personal space doesn’t create emotional distance but rather strengthens your commitment. Effective communication remains the linchpin of a thriving relationship.” In sum, it goes without saying that couples can be highly successful in their marriages, even if they sleep in separate rooms, but clear communication is necessary.

When Separating Means More than Separate Rooms

Of course, sometimes bad sleep is not the only reason for a couple to part ways when it comes to sharing a bedroom, and it may signal that the marriage has reached a breaking point. If you are in Chicago and you are seeking to legally separate from your spouse, or get a divorce, it is important to discuss your rights and options with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer.

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