A doctor has urged couples to start sleeping in separate beds as it could improve their sleep quality and overall health.

Dr Karan Rajan, who regularly shares helpful medical advice online, warned couples wanting to get a good night's sleep not to sleep next to each other in the same bed.

He explained that if your partner snores or moves around too much while asleep, this will probably prevent you from entering REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, aka the deepest stage of a person's sleep cycle.

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If someone doesn't get enough sleep, it could have a crucial impact on their overall health and well-being — taking a serious physical and psychological toll during their waking hours.

In an eye-opening video shared with his 4.8 million TikTok followers, Dr Rajan, who works as a surgeon and lecturer at the University of Sunderland, explained that not everybody will have the same type of sleep cycle.

This could well mean one partner ends up chronically sleep-deprived, while the other is perfectly well-rested.

Body temperature is also an issue here, as sharing a bed with someone naturally raises body heat, which could in turn lead to insufficient sleep.

Dr Karan explained: "One of the triggers you need to be able to fall asleep, is the drop in core body temperature. Sharing a bed increases body heat so it'll take longer for you to fall asleep."

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TikTok viewers were left divided over the warning, as some found it difficult to imagine drifting off without their significant other at their side.

One person admitted they "like cuddles" too much to give this a go, while another person joked, "Tell that to my spoilt, over-indulged Yorkshire Terrier."

Others swore by this surprising hack, however, with one user commenting: "My husband and I have totally different sleep schedules and styles, we have slept separately for eight years, love it!"

Another approving individual testified: "Post-divorce. THE BEST sleep of my life!"

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