A research in UK that questioned more than 1,000 people aged 18 and above has revealed that more than one in 10 couples sleep in separate bedrooms in order to keep the spark in their relationship alive.
About a third of couples take separate holidays, and more than a fifth take a ‘time out’ to do things that interest them. And 39% of couples say that their having independence in their home life makes their relationship healthier. The study that was conducted by Esure home insurers also says that one in 25 couples even go on a long ‘sabbatical’ from each other to make their romantic bond grow stronger.
There is some truth in the study, says relationship expert Jai Madan. “When you are in love, and your partner is away, you can't help think more about him. Spending all the time together could lead to boredom whereas a healthy break from each other can ignite spark in the relationship," he says.
Experts say that a relationships may fall into a repetitive pattern after some time. “So, it’s important to get away, and take time out to see the world around you. It gives you a better understanding of your relationship,” Madan says.
And sleeping in separate room doesn’t necessarily mean you stop having sex. “It helps you carry on your own routine, so that you don’t blame eachother for not giving enough space,” says psychiatrist Dr Evdesh Sharma.