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The Pros and Cons of Sharing a Bed with a Significant Other, Pets, or Children

Sleeping in separate beds is commonly thought of as a signifier of a troubled relationship, some experts say it could lead to a better night sleep for couples sharing a mattress.

While Lucy and Ricky Ricardo were filmed sleeping in separate twin beds back in the 1950s, not sharing a mattress is seen as a sign of a troubled marriage.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with sleep doctor, Dr. Eric Dyken of the University of Iowa Sleep Disorders Center, fielding several questions about the benefits and drawbacks to sharing a room with a sleeping partner.

They also discuss some of the latest sleep research, including a brain circuit discovery for insomniacs, how gene changes in an aging brain affects one's circadian rhythm, and new research on the dangers of giving melatonin to aid sleep for young children.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River