US couples seek separate bedrooms

BBC News 13 Mar 07
More and more couples in the US are ordering separate master bedrooms in their new homes to help ensure a more harmonious marriage, research suggests. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders has predicted that by 2015, 60% of custom-built homes will have two master bedroom suites. The quest for better rest is behind the trend as experts say the lack of decent sleep can cause marital tension. The option of having separate rooms has often improved marriages, they say.Separate bedrooms have often been taken as a sign of a failing relationship, but for many people they appear to be becoming a practical necessity. Snoring, night-time visits to the bathroom, child-care requirements and shift-working can deprive couples of the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The situation has reportedly become more acute as gender roles have changed – with both men and women juggling work and childcare duties.