Monday, November 14, 2011

248 (2011 #53). Sleeping Better Together

by Gerhard Klosch

Despite its title, this book isn't about sex!  Rather, it's a summary of sleep research, particularly as it pertains to sharing a bed with someone else.  There's even a chapter about children and pets in the bed.

I found lots of interesting facts about sleep in this book.  The second chapter, on the cultural history of sleep, was fascinating!  Other chapters address sleep in general (the first, introductory chapter), individual sleep patterns and problems, sleep behavior and ritual (also intriguing), and problems that stem from couples sleeping together.  Each of these chapters ends with a summary section called "What Does This Mean in Terms of Sleeping Better Together?" which includes tips or suggestions for improving your sleep situation.

In the conclusion of the book, the authors address the "taboo" subject of separate beds (or bedrooms) for couples.  It was interesting to learn that a 2003 British survey of more than 1,000 couples showed 28% of those over age 60 slept in separate beds and/or rooms, while nearly half of couples over 70 did so.  This trend is seen in other countries, too, including the United States.  It seems that eventually the need for a good night's sleep outweighs social norms.

This book has an extensive bibliography, a resource list, and index.  This slim volume (178 pages) was originally published in 2008 in German.  The English translation is good, but I do have to wonder about new research in this area between the 2008 and 2011 publication dates.

© Amanda Pape - 2011

[This book was obtained through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be passed on to someone else to learn from and enjoy.]


  1. I want to read this one. Anything to get some sleep. I never thought sleep could be interesting - Great review.

  2. Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone.

  3. Ha! So true, Claudia! Tracy - I've brought the book to give you today. Thank you both for your comments!