Is sleeping in separate beds the sign of an unhealthy relationship?

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Is separate rooms the beginning of the end for a loving relationship?

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More and more couples admit to sleeping in separate beds - but is it really such a big deal?

A survey of Brits found that 20 per cent of couples now confess to sleeping separate beds, citing causes from stress to snoring and having different body temperatures.

For health reasons - making sure you get a good night's sleep is important. 'Poor sleep increases the risk of depression, heart disease, stroke, respiratory failure and increases the risk of divorce and suicidal behaviour,' explains Dr Stanley from Surrey University.

Research has found that if you partner changes positions while they sleep, you stand a 50 per cent chance of being disturbed and moving too. So is putting rest over your relationship so bad?

Minnesota clinical psychologist and marriage counsellor William F. Harley Jr. thinks so.

"My feeling is that sleeping together is a very, very important part of being integrated with each other," she explained to CNN. "Whenever I see a couple wanting private time - they want to be alone, they want their own friends, they don't want to feel like they're joined at the hip - my immediate question is, 'What is it about being together that bothers you?'"

But what do you think?

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