Of course, there are lots of ways to arrange a similar situation—you and your significant other just need to find the one that works best for both of you. And the best part? Doing so is actually a strong indicator of relationship success. "Couples who are able to figure out a creative solution to their sleeping issues are better off overall," Heitler says. "That's because they clearly understand how to voice their concerns and solve them in a realistic and loving way, which is an indicator of a great, equal, and cooperative marriage." Win-win!
The Separation Exception
As with most things in life, there is one caveat. Sleeping separately is only beneficial if it's really about your sleep quality—not something more. "If you're splitting up at night because you're fighting, or because you're having sex issues, then it's going to do more harm than good," says Heitler. In other words, sleeping apart can be great if you're doing it for the right reasons. But if you're using it to push a bigger martial issue under the rug, then it will only be a temporary fix and may lead to a bigger blowout down the line.
This article originally appeared on Health.com.