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One third of couples forced to sleep in separate beds

Jonathan Warren

17.06.2011

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Jonathan Warren
110942698Although the bedroom is the traditional place for couples to get up close and personal, new research for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) suggests that up to a third of UK couples are currently being forced to sleep separately because of sleeping problems. According to research by the charity, 39 per cent of people sleep in separate beds due to their partner’s snoring, with over a third (33 per cent) lamenting that this is a permanent arrangement. Snoring is a common problem that can in some cases indicate a more serious sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnoea – a condition which causes the upper airways to become blocked regularly during sleep and one that can leave patients struggling to remain alert during the day. Sleep apnoea can also have potentially fatal consequences. Dame Helena Shovelton, chief executive for the British Lung Foundation, said: “We all brush off snoring as an annoying habit but we don’t really consider that it could be detrimental to our health.”

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