Love will keep us apart
New research reveals the extreme measures British couples go to in order to strengthen their relationship with one in ten (ten per cent) sleeping in separate bedrooms every night of the week.
Following in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton who sleep in adjoining houses because of Burton's snoring, the study - by esure home insurance found that 13 per cent of British couples sleep in separate beds at least once a week and more than a fifth (22 per cent) often have ‘time out' from each other to do separate things such as staying with friends or family.
Seven per cent of Brits have a separate bathroom from their partner and almost a fifth (18 per cent) watch TV or read a book in a separate room. One in eight British couples (12 per cent) have their own room which they do not allow their other half to spend time in; ten per cent of men have a games room and four per cent of women have their own powder room.
The study found that nearly two fifths (39 per cent) of Brits believe they have a healthier relationship with their partner because they have greater independence in their home life while five per cent think that having separate rooms is one of the main reasons they are so happy in their relationship.
According to the findings, British couples spend an average of 22 hours with each other during the working week - the equivalent to just over four hours a day. Nearly half of couples (47 per cent) blame hectic work schedules for their lack of ‘quality time' together whilst others cited reasons such as seeing friends (20 per cent) and going to the gym (16 per cent).
Nikki Sellers, Head of Home Underwriting at esure, said: "They say that ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder' and this may be the case. However, as couples become more independent from each other it is important they are both aware of the joint value of their posessions and sums of money they keep around their home and should check their contents insurance policy limit to ensure they won't be left short-changed if the items in their home were stolen or destroyed."
More than a third of Brits (34 per cent) admit they have been on a separate holiday without their partner with eight per cent revealing they would always choose to go away with their friends or family over their other half. Four per cent of Brits have even left their partner at home to take a lengthy sabbatical from work.
Almost a fifth of British couples (19 per cent) regularly eat their evening meal at different times with one in ten even cooking completely different dishes from each other. Proving that opposites attract, 15 per cent describe themselves as being the ‘polar opposite' to their partner with more than half (54 per cent) revealing they have entirely different interests or hobbies. 44 per cent of Brits think that having separate tastes and hobbies makes for a stronger relationship.
A worrying seven per cent of Brits spend more time with their pets than their partner with five per cent even revealing they would rather spend a night in with their cat or dog than with their other half.
Those under 25 are the most likely of any age group to spend time apart from their partner with 21 per cent or respondents admitting they regularly sleep in a separate bed - this is followed by over 55s with 16 per cent. A quarter of 18-24 year-olds (26 per cent) regularly go on holiday without their other halves, followed by 15 per cent of 25-34 year-olds. Just six per cent of over 55s however admit to exploring the world without their partner in tow.