Absence really does make the heart grow fonder! One in 10 couples sleep in separate rooms to STRENGTHEN their relationship
Forty-four per cent believe having different interests or hobbies improves their relationship
12:27 GMT, 27 June 2012
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and her film director partner Tim Burton sleep in adjoining houses to strengthen their relationship.
But if you can't afford such drastic measures it seems sleeping in separate bedrooms might just be the next best thing.
More than one in 10 British couples sleep in different bedrooms from each other in order to keep their relationship strong, according to new research.
Time apart: As many as one in ten British couples choose to sleep in different bedrooms from each other every night in order to strengthen their relationship, according to new research
In addition, a third of couples take separate holidays from one another, and over a fifth often have 'time out' to do separate things, such as stay with friends or family.
It also emerged that 39 per cent of couples believe
their relationship is healthier because they have
independence in their home life, while five per cent think
having separate rooms is one of the main reasons they are so happy together.
The study by Esure home insurers also found that one in 25 couples have even taking a lengthy 'sabbatical' from each other.
On average, couples spend 22 hours together during the working week, with nearly half of all couples blaming hectic work schedules
for a lack of ‘quality time’ together.
Some 20 per cent say seeing friends is the reason for not spending more time together, while 16 per cent cite trips to the gym.
Staying apart to stay together: Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton live in adjoining houses in order to have their own space and strengthen their relationship
The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 people aged 18 or over, also discovered that 10 per cent of men have a 'games room', four per cent of women have their own 'powder room', and five per cent of people would rather spend a night in with their cat or dog than their partner.
in five couples (19 per cent) regularly eat their evening meal at
different times, with one in 10 cooking completely different dishes
from each other.
And proving that opposites attract, 15 per cent of people describe themselves as the ‘polar opposite’ of their partner, while 44 per cent believe having different interests or hobbies makes for a stronger relationship.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder: 44 per cent of Brits think having separate hobbies makes for a stronger relationship
under 25 are the most likely age group to spend time apart, with 21 per cent admitting they regularly sleep in a
separate bed – followed by the over 55s, at 16 per cent.
quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds regularly go on holiday
without their other halves, followed by 15 per cent of 25 to
But only six per cent of over 55s admit to going away without their partner.
Sellers, head of home underwriting at Esure, said: 'They say that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, and this may be the case.'
BRITISH RELATIONSHIPS IN NUMBERS
22 hours is the average time couples spend with each other during the working week
One in five couples regularly eat evening meals separately
One in ten couples cook completely different meals from each other
34 per cent of people have been on holiday without their partner
47 per cent of couples blame hectic work schedules on lack of 'quality time' together
Five per cent of people would rather spend a night in with a pet than their other half
54 per cent of couples have entirely different interests or hobbies from each other
One in eight couples have their own room – which their partner is banned from
Seven per cent of couples have separate bathrooms
Eight per cent of people would go on holiday with friends rather than their partner
15 per cent of people describe themselves as the 'polar opposite' of their partner