Smaller houses and apartments do not prevent many Japanese couples from sleeping in different beds or even rooms. This is not an intimate problem or a relationship problem, but something that they think is good for them.

We found out why Japanese couples choose to sleep separately, and we really like their motives.

They Have Different Sleep Schedules

Why Do Married Couples in Japan Sleep Separately

The first thing that makes Japanese couples decide to go to bed separately is the different work schedules.

Waking up your partner just because you were late for work or had to leave early will not result in a good quality rest for them.

So it makes sense to spend the night in a different room. This will provide a more peaceful and healthy sleep.

Babies Sleep With Their Mothers

Why Do Married Couples in Japan Sleep Separately

Japanese mothers sleep with their children and this is considered very important, so the father must decide whether he wants to share the same bed or go to another room.

Even science has shown that sleeping together can help parents and children have a more restful sleep.

It helps the child to maintain a stable temperature and heart rate (which is really critical in childhood) and, at the same time, decreases the possibility of sudden infant death syndrome.

In addition, this contributes to the child having better self-esteem, becoming independent faster, and doing well in school.

For Them, Sleeping Separately Means Peace

Why Do Married Couples in Japan Sleep Separately

While many couples who start sleeping alone think divorce is coming, the Japanese see it differently. They value sleep very much and do not want to be disturbed during sleep.

This means that they do not need or like to snore, sleep without rest, kick, etc. Even if some do not have the opportunity to sleep in different rooms, they still want to have their restful sleep.

Couples Have A History Of Sleeping Separately

Why Do Married Couples in Japan Sleep Separately
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The futons are filled with cotton, which provides support and comfort. In the past, only single sized were used as beds.

So even if you wanted to hug your loved one, you would have ended up between the sheets, on the cold floor, and you wouldn’t be comfortable.

Today there are families that still use this type of bed, mainly because it takes up little space and is easy to store.

Do you sleep apart from your partner? Do you think this type of practice can be even better for your relationship?