Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sleeping Alone Old Hat for Many Migraineurs


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I read a recent CNN article about married couples who choose to sleep in separate beds with a great deal of interest and a little envy. My husband and I are rarely able to share a bed, but it's hardly by choice.

I simply cannot stand to share a bed with another person when I have a migraine. Any movement is jarring and increases my pain many times over. We both miss the companionship and try to find times to share our bed as often as possible. It's a real treat when we're able to do so. But this definitely isn't what either of us had in mind for ourselves or our marriage, let alone in our early thirties.

We're Married, Sleeping Separately

A 2001 random telephone survey of 1,004 adults conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 12 percent of married Americans slept alone; a similar 2005 survey of 1,506 people found that number had jumped to 23 percent.

In addition, a March online survey of 1,408 couples conducted by the Sleep Council of England found that 1 in 4 people regularly retreats to a spare room or sofa to get a good night's sleep.


Can anyone relate? How have you handled this in your relationship?

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