More married people sleeping in separate bedrooms, and not in a bad way

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Nick and Norah in the Thin Man

Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, you weren’t allowed to show three things: naked women, toilets (seriously), and couples (married or otherwise) sleeping in the same beds. Now, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have separate bedrooms… as do almost a quarter of Americans.

From a New York Times story on this phenomenon, which will see up to 60% of new homes built with dual master bedrooms in five years.

In Touch also reported this spring that five months after Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers traded his purity ring for a wedding band, he was sleeping separately from his wife. The reason, a friend said: “He snores like a freight train.” [NYT]

Okay, terrible examples, these tabloid celebs. Luckily, the Times goes on to quote from other, more "normal" couples:

“What happened in the last decade,” said Dr. Meir Kryger, a sleep specialist at Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut, “is that people are suddenly making their own sleep a priority. If their rest is being impaired by their partner, the attitude now is that I don’t have to put up with this.”

Children represent another threat. Dr. William Sears, a leader of the “attachment parenting” movement, reports in the 2005 “Baby Sleep Book” that two-thirds of American families say they “sometimes” or “always” sleep with a child in their bed. Another 16 percent welcome a pet under the covers. [NYT]

The Times also notes that Twitter and other technology means people find it harder to pull away from what they’re working on to. Like this blog post…