Not tonight dear… I'm in a different room: How more than one in ten British couples sleep apart
13 per cent of married couples sleep apart
5 per cent would rather share bed with their pet
18:57 GMT, 14 September 2012
Whether it's down to snoring or duvet hogging, sharing a bed with your partner isn't always a pleasant experience.
But according to the latest survey, more than one in ten British couples have no contact in the bedroom – and even sleep in separate rooms.
It was also found that thirteen per cent of British married couples sleep apart with a further five per cent revealing they would rather spend the night with their cat or dog that with their other half.
Couples who share a bed are a thing of the past as more than one in ten now sleep separately
Most worryingly of all, fifteen per cent said they now realised that they are the polar opposite of their partner.
The numbers of couples leading platonic relationships together rises steeply in the age group of the mid to late 40s and continues to rise for couples in their 50s to around 1 in 5, according to research from UK leading extra-marital dating site IllicitEncounters.com.
Additionally more than seventy per cent of British married men and over 50 per cent of British married women admitted that they are not satisfied with their marital sex life.
Illicit Encounters spokesperson Rosie Freeman-Jones said: 'Our surveys have shown that a growing number of 40 and 50-somethings now live in marriages without any physical intimacy.
More men are turning to illicit encounters to re-boost their sex lives
'The vast majority of husbands and wives who join our site state very clearly that are still very much in love with their partner and have no intention of leaving them – but they are in need of some passion and physical intimacy which their partner is no longer interested in.'
One such husband David, 45 from south London and has been a member of Illicit Encounters said: '’I’ve been married for 16 years and my wife is 46.
'We’ve not had any kind of intimacy for nearly three years now and have had separate rooms for the past 18 months.
'I really miss it and I would love to be intimate with her again. She says she’s still very much in love with me but now says that sex is unimportant to her even though she’s only 46.
'We used to have a good sex life but it has gone and I just don’t know what to do any more.
'I joined the Illicit Encounters site after it was clear that nothing was going to change in my home life but I’m a passionate person and have needs there.
I’ve tried to initiate things with my wife even recently but she just laughs it off.'