Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing

Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing

by Paul C. Rosenblatt
     
 

Millions of adults sleep with another adult, but what does it mean to share a bed with someone else, and how does it affect a couple’s relationship? What happens when one partner snores? Steals the sheets? Prefers to sleep in the nude? To address these and other questions, Paul C. Rosenblatt asked couples to describe the struggles, challenges, and achievements… See more details below

Overview

Millions of adults sleep with another adult, but what does it mean to share a bed with someone else, and how does it affect a couple’s relationship? What happens when one partner snores? Steals the sheets? Prefers to sleep in the nude? To address these and other questions, Paul C. Rosenblatt asked couples to describe the struggles, challenges, and achievements of their bed-sharing experiences. Two in a Bed includes interviews with more than forty bed-sharing couples as they candidly discuss winding down and waking up, cold feet and tucked sheets, who sleeps near the door and who gets pushed to the edge, snoring, spooning, sleep talking, sleep walking, and the myriad other behaviors we negotiate in falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up each morning beside a partner. In addition to exploring the routines and realities of sharing a bed with another person, these interviews reveal important information about sleep, relationships, and American society. Stressing the intricacy and importance of a previously unremarked activity, Rosenblatt’s Two in a Bed shows that sleep should no longer be viewed solely as an individual phenomenon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791468302
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
227
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Forming the Couple System: Learning to Share a Bed

3. The Bed

4. Going to Bed

5. Activities in the Transition from Awake to Sleep

6. Temperature Preferences

7. Talking and Touching

8. Anger and the Couple Bed

9. Illness and Injury

10. How Can You Sleep So Soundly When I’m So Wide Awake?

11. Outside Intrusions into Couple Sleep

12. Bathroom Trips, Tossing and Turning, Restless Legs, Sleep Talking, Grinding Teeth, and Nightmares

13. Snoring and Sleep Apnea

14. Safety, Intimacy, and Why Couples Sleep Together

15. Waking Up in the Morning

16. Weekends

17. Everyday Life and the Couple System

Appendix
References
Index

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