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Is your relationship having a midlife sleep crisis?

What if the biggest sleep thief of all is sitting across from you at the breakfast table?  Credit: Hinterhaus Productions 

As part of the Telegraph’s Sleep Week, we’ve been explaining how modern life – with its gadgets and relentless working hours – is taking a toll on our sleep.

But what if the biggest sleep thief of all is sitting across from you at the breakfast table? 

“Fifty per cent of sleep disturbances are caused by your bed partner,” says sleep consultant Dr Neil Stanley, who describes himself as one of the world’s leading exponents of separate sleeping. 

“There’s this romantic notion of couples sharing a bed. But in reality it creates a perfect storm of marital discord – he’s snoring, she’s sweating and pre-menopausal, he’s a night owl, she’s a lark. Studies show couples whose sleeping habits clash are more likely to divorce and it’s no surprise. 

“Sleep is vital for health and happiness and it’s the most selfish thing you can do – you shouldn’t have to “share” your sleep, especially not with your partner’s...

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