And now tonight an epidemic not a lot of people discussed there are millions and millions of American couples who say they cannot get enough sleep if their partner is in the same bed. So our own... See More
And now tonight an epidemic not a lot of people discussed there are millions and millions of American couples who say they cannot get enough sleep if their partner is in the same bed. So our own senior medical contributor doctor Jennifer Ashton and her husband. Decided to bring us a kind of reality check agreeing to take us inside their own sleep floors at home. A quarter of married. Couples say they sleep in separate beds just to get a good night's sleep I can't deal with this anymore I can't sleep -- usually turns out these many stumping off -- account. I'm embarrassed to admit. I often moved to a different room -- of my bad night's sleep she says I disruptive sleep -- -- -- -- lawyer in causes need a wake up from my sleep. Three or four times -- -- even know where both doctors we have long laughed and debated what is really going on so be called in professional help yeah thank goodness you're here. Sleep researcher doctor Wendy Troxel what's your goal here I would like to sleep. Next my husband every single night she put us to the test measuring our brain activity while we slept the sleep study won't confirm. Scientifically. That their trial snoring. Disrupts -- the first night side by side. It's. With rob I had 173. -- week innings which is sleep science lingo for coming out of deep sleep the next night couldn't come soon enough. -- -- -- But to my great surprise alone I had 135. Awakening -- nearly as many as when I slept with rob. There was a link between rob snoring and you having these little awakening from sleep. But what that all routes -- You can't get out awakening throughout the night even when -- had stopped snoring. That's because science confirms women are later sleepers than men. Biologically our brains are condition -- just wake up. But -- good news is women are better sleepers than men and quickly fall back to sleep again. But doctor Troxel says the bad news for women is we often think we sleep worse than we really do. I was proof the study showed my overall sleep quality was actually excellent both nights your sleep. -- -- night when you -- sleeping with rob. As compared the night when you're sleeping alone. -- crime went virtually identical. But for rob a bigger impact. He got an extra twenty minutes of deep sleep with -- by his side I'm telling you that -- well actually health benefits at least for -- of sleeping with you now I feel really guilty. Because research shows that men sleep better with a partner then alone and protecting sleep. For both of us -- protecting. Our marriage. Remember it is important to exclude medical causes of insomnia and -- such as sleep apnea which can be dangerous -- we -- -- is very serious but is the rest of annoying -- what's the mood in which -- well I think people should take their sleep habits seriously but don't become too anxious over -- issue because sometimes that can be worse than the problem itself the anxiety alignment Cabell thank -- doctor -- and doctor -- -- -- -- -- doctors thinking them.
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