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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791468305

ISBN-13: 9780791468302

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Forming the couple system : learning to share a bed13
3The bed25
4Going to bed37
5Activities in the transition from awake to sleep49
6Temperature preferences65
7Talking and touching77
8Anger and the couple bed93
9Illness and injury105
10How can you sleep so soundly when I'm so wide awake?113
11Outside intrusions into couple sleep123
12Bathroom trips, tossing and turning, restless legs, sleep talking, grinding teeth, and nightmares131
13Snoring and sleep apnea147
14Safety, intimacy, and why couples sleep together161
15Waking up in the morning177
16Weekends183
17Everyday life and the couple system189

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