Quarter of all married couples sleep in separate beds

Jessica Janner

Quarter of all married couples sleep in separate beds

CREATED Jun. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It turns out that millions of Americans say they can't get a good night's sleep when their spouse is tossing and turning or snoring in the bed next to them.

Sharing a bed can be tough. A quarter of married couples say they sleep in separate beds just to get a good night's sleep.

ABC's  senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton put her husband and their sleep habits to the test.

Brain scans found she was woken 173 times in one night because of her husband's snoring.

But, in separate beds, she still work up 135 times during the night.

That's because science confirms women are lighter sleepers than men.

Biologically, women's brains are conditioned to just wake up more.

But the good news is that women are better sleepers than men and quickly fall back to sleep again.

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