We'll turn to that marriage debate of the morning, counterintuitive question, can sleeping separately save your marriage? One couple insists it worked for them and ABC's aditi Roy has more on how they... See More
We'll turn to that marriage debate of the morning, counterintuitive question, can sleeping separately save your marriage? One couple insists it worked for them and ABC's aditi Roy has more on how they stayed together by sleeping apart. I could sleep in here tonight. In here? Why? Something wrong with your room. Reporter: In "Hope springs" Meryl Streep and tommy lee Jones sleep in separate bedrooms. Quite a contrast to airanne and Nate. She calls this her happy place and Nate who sleeps a floor away says his room is his own private sanctuary. My room is very kind of aggressively happy and Nate's room is a little bit more his style which is kind of Spartan. Mediterranean. I love that idea that we love each other so much that we protect each other's solitude. Reporter: They say they're apart about half the week so they can sleep better and indulge in hobbies that might annoy the other. She likes to read and then she likes to talk about what she's Reading. So that's wonderful until I'm ready to go to sleep or when I am asleep. Reporter: What do you think of his guitar playing? ♪ Early in our marriage I was down with that but as time has passed. Reporter: Dr. Wendy o'connor is a marriage and family therapist and says surprisingly half of all married couples sleep separately. You want to check in and say how is this going for you? Is this working for you? Open communication is the main goal. Reporter: They even have date nights in each other's rooms. So when you have these dates, what do you guys do? Well, this is a morning show. Reporter: The couple doesn't plan on making any changes to their routine. They say as long as they sleep apart, they'll remain happy together. For "Good morning America," aditi Roy, ABC news, los Angeles. You might imagine lots of response on Twitter. Angie Huffman responded "My husband snores so bad I have to sleep in the spare bedroom to save our marriage and him lol." Lori Meyer tweeted "If your marriage is a good healthy one then I would say compromise and both agree to it." We have Michelle Callahan, author of "Ms. Typed." I think this is becoming more common as people have more difficulty sleeping at night and discovering, look, we love each other the rest of the day. When it's time to go to sleep, we can agree -- we can't agree on the temperature of the room, the covers, the softness of our bed. TV on or off. Why not. Think we underestimate the power of a good night's sleep. And snoring. It's interesting -- that's what I usually associate this with and, hey, I know I'm guilty as charged. I know I've had horrible nits that just must have been terrible. It's rough and couples are trying to work through the snoring and consider things like surgery. Thisser doing all the over the counter stuff. Now they're becoming irritated with each other when a simple fix if you have the space would be for one of them to sleep in another room. If this is appealing to you and watching this and thinking about it, what advice would you give on how to approach the subject. You have to start with laying down some ground rules. I mean you really want to talk about it because usually it's assumed you sleep together means your marriage is good and if you're not your marriage is bad so you have to talk through making sure there's not a real marital problem. It's just a sleeping problem. But there are people when you say that they're not sleeping together or not in the same room together the eyebrow goes up and there are a lot of people who feel that it makes for a healthier relationship but you can't get past that stigma. The looks you're giving me right now. Right there. There's a stigma tached. Is that fair? It's what we're used to and we partly define a successful marriage by people being in the bed together so when you separate you immediately assume there's a problem. There's a lot to be lost if you're not together because you're not cuddling, may not be talking in bed together so you have to think about the pros and cons. You suggested you could do that and then go sleep elsewhere. You shouldn't miss that kind of connection. Absolutely. No, get in the bed still together. Cuddle, talk, I mean, sometimes that's the only time couples have to talk right before they go to talk. Pillow talk. Stay for the pillow talk then people will even fall asleep and then maybe -- Leave for the snoring. Exactly. All right. Thank you. Thank you so much.
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