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Could a "sleep divorce" be good for marriage?

There are many reasons that people decide to get a divorce. Incompatibility is often a big factor in the end of a marriage. Some couples try to find new and creative ways to deal with differences that may help preserve their relationships. One idea that is gaining in popularity is known as a "sleep divorce." Couples in New Jersey may be interested to hear exactly what this involves and how it might actually save their marriage.

First, a "sleep divorce" happens when a married couple makes a deliberate decision to sleep in different beds, or even different bedrooms. Sometimes they make this choice because one spouse snores or wakes the other up due to restlessness. Other people do it because their schedule is so different from their partner's that they don't want to interrupt one another's sleep. The idea isn't so radical, since nobility has used this practice for ages.

It may seem strange to think that a poor night's sleep could cause a couple to divorce, but that could actually be the case. One expert says that if one spouse interferes with the other's sleep, it can cause a rise in cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Further, some studies suggest that couples who do not sleep well have a higher propensity for arguing. So, although poor sleep may not directly lead to divorce, it could exacerbate other issues.

Whatever the reasons are for a couple's divorce, it is important that they realize that divorce can happen to anyone. Those here in New Jersey considering ending their marriage may want to reach out to an experienced divorce attorney. A legal professional can guide a person through the entire divorce process, and ensure that his or her best interests are preserved. It may be the first step to a bright, new future.

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