Episode 45: Sharing a Bed

Is sharing a bed with a partner good for sleep? On one level partners can be noisy, move around and be the cause of sleep disruption. But on the other hand, they can provide a sense of security and closeness. This month we discuss the pros and cons of sharing a bed.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk – Talking all things sleep.

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Audio Timeline / Chapters:

  • 00:00 – 01:42 Introduction
  • 01:42 – 23:54 Theme – Sharing a bed
  • 23:54 – 25:06 Clinical Tip
  • 25:06 – 27:32 Pick of the Month
  • 27:32 – 29:05 What’s Coming Up?

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Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her expertise in sleep disorders, her other areas of interest and expertise include smoking cessation, psychological adjustment to chronic illness, and grief and loss issues.


Dr David CunningtonDr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is certified as both an International Sleep Medicine Specialist and International Behavioural Sleep Medicine Specialist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular media commentator on sleep, both in traditional media and social media. David’s recent research has been in the area of non-drug, psychologically-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in managing insomnia, restless legs syndrome and other sleep disorders.

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  • Ross Ferguson

    In regards to sharing bed problems, I think the effect of poor sleep on work performance and consequent worry about keeping said job (or keeping sanity in said job!) is a super important aspect in this equation -especially with big mortgages or low wages etc-always thought the idea of sleep in seperate beds during working week then catch up on shared bed on weekend (and maybe not be too rigid ie break the rule on a Wednesday or whatever) sounds pretty logical..my 2 cents

  • Kaye HERCUS

    My husband and I have found a perfect solution to our sleep disturbance issues. We have a super King size bed with separate bases. We use single size bedding on top – one side king single – one side single – so there is plenty of cover – and so we don’t disturb each other during the night if one of us is awake and tossing and turning.

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