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->''"I don't mind telling you, we pushed our beds together ''that'' night! And that was no mean feat; her room, as you know, is across the hall."''
-->-- '''Niles Crane''', ''Series/{{Frasier}}''

Once upon a time, back in TheThirties and TheForties, there was a thing called UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode. Created in 1930 and strictly enforced after 1934, it had a lot of censorship rules foisted on American filmmakers by the MoralGuardians (the Hayes Office was actually created by the studios themselves, in part, because they feared that actual government censorship would be the result of failing to rein things in). One of the "don'ts" that weren't to be shown in films under any circumstances was "Any licentious or suggestive nudity." Further down, in what was described as the "be careful" section, was "Man and woman in bed together."

The result was this trope. Although as noted above it wasn't strictly forbidden to show men and women in bed together, in practice it almost never happened, at least not after 1934. Couples of any type were never shown in bed together, even if they were married, even if the work in question featured them having children. If couples were shown in a bedroom, they were consigned to a pair of twin beds, usually with a nightstand in between so you didn't imagine them ever pushing the beds together when we weren't watching. Exactly ''where'' [[FridgeLogic all those onscreen kids came from was]] [[BellisariosMaxim not a question you were supposed to ask]].

This trope carried over to television in the 1950s and remained in effect until censorship standards loosened and The Hays Code became a dead letter in the 1960s, replaced by the MPAA ratings system for films and FCC censorship for television. The first live-action TV couple to share a bed on television, who were not already married in real life, were Darrin and Samantha Stephens on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''. By the early '70s, the trope had been discarded entirely on such series as ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' and ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''.

While mostly a DeadHorseTrope now, it might crop up from time to time in parody. It might also be used as a shorthand indicator that a married couple's relationship is in trouble. Nowadays, if a couple is depicted as doing this, it represents that [[SexlessMarriage they have a very distant or antagonistic relationship]]. A reversal of this trope occurs when the characters ''aren't'' in a romantic relationship but ThereIsOnlyOneBed. Not related to ExiledToTheCouch.



* The couple in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIB5fvxbWjg this]] Sleep Number commercial.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': While we never see them sleeping, Lain's parents have separate beds. This comes off as rather strange given how oddly physical they seem together around the house. It serves as one of the first clues that something is wrong with Lain's family structure.
* Rare modern (2009) example: In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story'', Nagisa and Tomoya sleep on different futons. After getting married. Because placing two futons together [[SarcasmMode is really hard to do]]. Though maybe this isn't as surprising considering they have a ''literal'' NoHuggingNoKissing {{Chast|ity Couple}}e Relationship, where they never go beyond holding hands [[spoiler: at least onscreen, anyway. Obviously they go farther than that, since Nagisa eventually gets pregnant. In fact it's outright mentioned in conversation that they've slept together.]] But other than that Nagisa and Tomoya's relationship is distinctly portrayed as physically chaste.
* In ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', one of the girls that Onizuka helps is upset that her family has become distant since acquiring money. She compares the distance to the wall that exists between her two parents rooms (and beds). Onizuka takes the literal approach at solving the problem and puts a gigantic hole in said wall with a hammer.
* Seen in the epilogue of Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/ManOfManyFaces'', in spite of some previous [[TheyDo knot-tying]]. This is likely related to the manga's "All Ages" rating (in the US).
* ''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Fight! Iczer-One]]'', an anime from the late 1980s, provides an extremely unusual example. Nagase's parents seem to have separate beds. This is a pretty hardcore {{yuri}} anime we are talking about.
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', the first time we see Holland's room, Talho is sleeping naked in his bed...while he sleeps on his couch. [[spoiler:She's pregnant about thirty episodes later, so clearly they worked it out at some point]].
* In ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'', the aristocratic couples the maids serve usually have separate bedrooms. [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Manga]], sleeping together every night was not considered proper behavior for a well-bred couple in that era, even if they were HappilyMarried.
* ''Anime/BreakBlade'': King Hodr and Queen Sigyn do not even sleep in the same room. Sigyn barely even sleeps in her own room, sometimes falling asleep while working. The reason is because Sigyn, despite that Hodr clearly loves her, [[NoSparks does not have any romantic interest in her husband]]. The fact that they don't have any children suggests they never attempted to sleep together.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Famously averted by [[ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead]].

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* This is implied in "[[Literature/{{Goldilocks}} Goldilocks and the Three Bears]]" -- how else could Papa Bear's bed be too hard, but Mama Bear's too soft? (Of course, nowadays there are beds with adjustable hardnesses on each side, but still.) Also justified, as the fact that they need different mattress firmnesses is probably ''why'' they have separate beds.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Examined and parodied in ''Film/AlienTrespass'', where one couple ''does'' have separate beds, but share one for a romantic interlude.
* Used to contrast the protagonist's two marriages in ''Film/TheCaptainsParadise''.
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'' shows Ralphie's parents with the twin bed setup as he cleverly hides the BB gun advert in his mother's magazine.
* A strange example in ''Film/{{Giant}}''. Bick and Leslie do this later in their marriage, even though they started by sleeping in the same bed and are still HappilyMarried.
* ''Film/AGuideForTheMarriedMan'' depicted married couples in twin beds while husbands and their girlfriends used double beds.
* The movie ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', largely set inside the world of a fictional '50s sitcom, makes explicit reference to this trope. One of the signs that the show's world is changing is that larger beds are for sale.
** And later, beds being restricted to a maximum width to try protecting the [[StatusQuoIsGod Status Quo]].
* ''Film/TheThinMan'', which is from the 30s, though they [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get much crap past the radar]] in dialogue anyway. And there was that [[BabiesEverAfter time on the train]].
* Classic 1955 Creator/AlfredHitchcock movie ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'' included a then-racy comment that a couple would need a double bed, which caused the heroine (played by Creator/ShirleyMacLaine) to have a major blush-attack.
** Averted in Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Mr and Mrs Smith|1941}}'', where the couple's bedroom shows only one bed.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' where it crops up in Audrey's sitcom-inspired fantasies about married life.
* The father Lalit and his wife start ''Film/MonsoonWedding'' like this, but eventually they wind up curled up together in one of the twin beds just holding one another.
* Single beds silliness from the 1952 film, ''Film/TheMarryingKind''.
* The couple in ''Film/{{Seconds}}'' is having single beds which underpins their loveless marriage.
* In ''Film/WildOrchids'', a 1929 silent film made before the Sleeping Single trope was enforced, this is a plot point. John Sterling is aghast when presented with a double bed, and is relieved to find out that he and his wife will be sleeping in separate rooms. This underscores the lack of any sex in the Sterling marriage, which is driving his wife into the arms of another man.
* Gregory and Paula from ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' are newlyweds however sleep in separate ''rooms'', which is unusual even by Victorian standards. Considering Gregory's [[{{gaslighting}} ulterior measures]] it makes more sense he'd keep her distant.
* This was never mandatory in French cinema, so in ''Film/TheEarringsOfMadameDe'' it obviously emphasizes that while Andre and Louise remain friendly, their marriage is now completely sexless and passionless.
* In ''Film/HMPulhamEsq'' poor Harry is doing this on his honeymoon. While this is an EnforcedTrope, of course, it helps reinforce how Harry has chosen safe, rather dull Kay over his exciting girlfriend [[TomboyishName Marvin]].
* Soundly averted in ''Film/MyReputation'' with Ginna and Cary.
* While not shown, it's mentioned by [[GossipyHens Gretchen Weiners]] in ''Film/MeanGirls'' that [[AlphaBitch Regina]] [[RichBitch George's]] parents are having [[SexlessMarriage marital problems to the point of sleeping in separate beds.]]
* ''Film/TheWinningTeam'': Played with. In the scene where Grover wakes up at night and realizes that his double vision has gone, it's clear that he and Aimee are in the same bed, but the film is carefully shot so that we can't see them in the same bed. As Grover is looking out the window at the moon, the shot is blocked so that his body obscures Aimee's. As he gets up, the camera sweeps across so fast that we can barely see Doris Day. Only after he's gone from the room does the camera show Aimee on the other side of the bed.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'':
** The series is infamous for this, although the twin beds were actually ''pushed together'' throughout the entire first season. After Ricky and Lucy had a child, the network had a nightstand put between them to "diminish the impact of the suggested sexual history".
** It was actually averted a couple of times. In one strange instance, Fred says that Ethel woke him by not being there "because there was no one poking him in the ribs and telling him to roll over" which pretty much means they needed to be in the same bed. While shortly afterwards ''in the same episode'' they are shown sleeping in twin beds.
** In another episode, both Fred and Ethel ''and'' Lucy and Ricky are briefly depicted as sharing a double bed in a motel that they stop at on their way to Hollywood. However, neither couple actually gets to sleep because a train keeps going by and moving the bed across the floor.
* While technically holding to this trope, Rob and Laura Petrie of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' were arguably the first TV couple to be shown having an obviously dynamic and ''energetic'' romantic relationship, due to the fantastic chemistry between stars Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.
** This also goes for Gomez and Morticia Addams of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' ("Tish! That's French!"), who subverted the trope ''constantly''.
** Likewise Herman and Lilly of ''Series/TheMunsters'', who were actually shown in bed together a few weeks after the ''Bewitched'' episode mentioned in the page intro. This may or may not have been hand waved by them [[WeirdnessCoupon being 'weird']].
** However, this trope was completely averted by the very first sitcom, ''Mary Kay and Johnny'', which aired from 1947 to 1950. It showed the featured couple sharing a bed, and even depicted Mary Kay's real-life pregnancy. It should be noted that the stars were real-life married couple Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns.
* In the ChainedHeat episode of ''Series/HeyDude'', the handcuffed Ted and Brad spend an uncomfortable night in ''bunk beds'' when you would think a double-bed would be the best choice. The best choice anywhere but TV land.
* On ''Series/FawltyTowers'', Basil and Sybil did this, although by then they could have easily shared a bed. They just hate each other.
* Ned and Chuck from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' have to sleep in twin beds, as Chuck would die by touching Ned, but it also helps with the general [[TheFifties retro feel]] of the show. Later on they put the beds together separated by a plastic sheet, with an inserted arm-glove for hugging.
* Lampooned in the ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' episode "The Fifties Show", which satirizes various old sitcoms.
-->'''Dan:''' What do you say tonight we push our twin beds together and...?\\
'''Roseanne:''' Stop, the kids will hear you!
* One episode of ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' had Hyacinth get a flat in a former big country house as a holiday home. Although they slept in the same bed at home, in the flat they had twin beds; Hyacinth implied they're now too old to be getting up to anything which would require a double.
* In a ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' episode Al makes separate beds, because he hates sharing the bed with Peggy.
* In perhaps a parody of this trope, Bree and Orson are shown in a hotel room with twin beds in one episode of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', despite the fact that they're there on their ''honeymoon''.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Frank and Estelle Costanza have separate beds. But as Frank explains, it's because Estelle has the "jimmy arms" and this was the only way either of them would get any sleep.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Marshall and Lily tried this. It didn't last.
* Done as a throwaway gag on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Eliot's WASP-ish, emotionally distant father comes to visit, and says that her mother is having the bedroom redecorated... but he's keeping his the same.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' Rory and Amy have been unwillingly doing this, as after the TARDIS shenanigans result in their bedroom being deleted, they tell the Doctor that when he has the TARDIS create a new one, leave out the bunk bed.
-->'''The Doctor:''' But bunk beds are cool! It's a ''bed'' with a ''ladder''!
** They may have just been using one of the beds together, and wanted a single large bed for greater comfort. After all, Amy and Rory still managed to [[spoiler:conceive a child]] while in the TARDIS. (When fans asked how and when, Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/NeilGaiman [[WordOfGod both tweeted]] -- accidentally at the same time, and completely by coincidence -- "[[WallBangHer on the ladder]]".)
* Francis and Elizabeth Urquhart in the ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' trilogy. They seemed to have a very open marriage.
* Frank and Claire Underwood in the American version of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' are like this too.
* For a single episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' the couple sleep in separate twin beds. A delivery mistake brought them twin beds instead of a new king-size and they are told it will take time to fix and ship out the replacement bed. They grow to like the separate beds (she can read late and he can eat in bed without disturbing each other) and consider keeping them while their friends and family become increasingly worried that their marriage is in trouble. In the end, they decide they miss sleeping in the same bed and send for the replacement bed.
* Averted on ''Series/TheMorecambeAndWiseShow'' where the two protagonists, for no reason which was ever explained other than RuleOfFunny, shared a bed. Ernie Wise took inspiration from Creator/LaurelAndHardy in their short ''Early to Bed''.
* Played with on ''Series/FatherTed'' – Ted and Dougal have twin beds in the same room, again for no evident reason other than RuleOfFunny.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' has an episode where a grandmother dies and convinces her grandson to commit suicide to join her in the afterlife... what's really important though is that the parents sleep in single beds.
* Niles and Maris on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
-->'''Niles:''' I don't mind telling you we pushed our beds together that night! And that's no small task, her bed, as you know, is across the hall.
* Inverted on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''. When Jemma is stranded on an alien planet and meets an American astronaut who had been there awhile, they work together for several weeks before falling in love, and we get a SexyDiscretionShot of them making out before the commercial break. After the break, we see their two cots pushed together, clearly implying that they had sex.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Tobias and Lindsey are shown sleeping in two different beds in season 4 after getting a new, oversized house. The trope is used here to show their failed marriage.
* Zig-zagged in ''Series/GreenAcres'' – The Douglases had no furniture when they first moved into Green Acres and for a short time temporarily rented Mr. Haney's single cots. A little later, Lisa brings over their lavish double bed.
* The Howells slept single on ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* Averted by Lord and Lady Grantham on ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. As British aristocrats of their day and master and mistress of a great house, they would be expected to not only sleep in separate beds but in separate rooms. And technically, they do have separate rooms with separate beds—it’s just that Lord Grantham only uses his bedroom to change and then goes to Lady Grantham’s room to sleep in their common bed. The only time his bed gets any use is when she exiles him from hers (or on one occasion, he feels he has shamed himself and exiles himself), or when Lady Grantham is ill.
* ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMaisel'': Midge Maisel's parents Abe and Rose Weissman sleep in twin beds. This makes sense because they are Jewish couple probably born around 1900-1910; Jewish law requires men not to touch any menstruating woman, not even his wife, so for observant Jews of that generation (and even Orthodox Jews today), the obvious solution is separate beds. This does not mean a lack of intimacy; Midge gets a lot of mileage in her comedy act from her realization at the age of 26 that the scraping sounds she thought were a ghost as a child were actually her parents moving their beds together/apart.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' this is normal ... mainly because it would get very crowded with [[ExoticExtendedMarriage ten to thirty wives per husband.]] The women take turns visiting their husband.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', this is standard for noble families. The queen and king have an arranged marriage, and may not even have consummated the marriage, as king Jakoven prefers young men. He ''encourages'' other men to start affairs with queen Tehedrato ... only to then assassinate the nice young men, and leave the queen heartbroken. He's ... not a nice person.
* In the ''Literature/ImagerPortfolio'' series by L.E. Modesitt Jr, all married imagers are ''required'' to have separate quarters from their spouses. This is because Imagers sometimes Image in their sleep, which could be dangerous for anyone else in the room. This rule only applies to the literal act of sleeping, as several married Imagers (including the main characters in both subseries) are shown to have children.
* ''Literature/TheTwits'', and it isn't hard to see why.
* ''Literature/TheNakedSun'' by Creator/IsaacAsimov takes place on Solaria, a planet with a population so small that every individual gets their own estate of several hundred to thousand square miles. They communicate only through holographic communicators and see physical presence as disgusting. Even spouses rarely come into physical contact with one another, each having their own half of a huge mansion. This is quite common with Spacers, humans that don't live on Earth, as the Spacer buildings near New York City in ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' are expansive domes that house small buildings inside in contrast to the City domes that Earth has.

* The Music/TheAllAmericanRejects music video to "Give You Hell" uses this trope.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Strangely enough, this shows up in a few ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games. Almost all the games require you to get a "Big Bed" to get married. For you and your spouse, right? No -- for your spouse and ''your child.'' You still sleep in your own tiny bed. While it's pressed close the others, it's still separate. Where does the kid come from, then? (Other games avert this, however.) In at least one, you need a new bed which is a crib for the child, and you and your wife just share the single bed you start with. Guess you're both pretty sedate sleepers.
* In ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'', Cyclops and Jean Grey have separate bedrooms in the mansion, though in the standalone universe of the Marvel RPG's, it's unknown how long they've been a couple.
* Mars' grandparents in ''VideoGame/ShiningWisdom'' sleep in separate beds, more importantly however is that they sleep in the kitchen to allow Mars the whole upstairs as his bedroom.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** Natsuhi and Krauss sleep in separate bedrooms, and it's heavily implied they have a SexlessMarriage.
** George and Shannon slept in separate rooms during a date before the events of the series, to [[ShipperOnDeck Jessica's]] disappointment. [[spoiler:If they had slept in the same room, most of the series would most likely not have happened since Shannon/Sayo Yasuda's secret would have gotten out because George would have seen Shannon/Sayo's mutilated sexual organs (as well as the strong implication that Sayo was [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender designated male at birth]])]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* WebComic/BugMartini discusses this [[http://www.bugmartini.com/comic/sleeping-with-the-enemy/ trope]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Deconstructed in this Cracked.com [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19230_the-5-least-romantic-keys-to-happy-relationship.html article]], which argues that couples who sleep separately tend to be happier.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One of the latest straight playings (in the puritan way) is the 90's Disney/MickeyMouse cartoon ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyT_Xc8DVng Hansel and Gretel]]'', where Mickey and Minnie don't sleep in the same bed, even though there's only one bed and this means Mickey must sleep in an armchair.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': Jay's adoptive parents sleep this way. In one episode, when Franklin Sherman is feeling a bit frisky, his wife says, all right, as long as he goes to her. When the light kicks on, we see a no-man's-land with barbed wire and doberman pinschers between the beds.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': When Peter is lost at sea, and Brian marries Lois to keep the family together, they sleep in separate twin beds, despite Brian's nightly effort to convince Lois to [[SexlessMarriage have sex]] with him. (Keep in mind, Brian is the ''[[InterspeciesRomance dog]]''.)
** In another episode, Peter and Lois start sleeping in separate beds (Peter calls them "Lucy and Ricky beds") after Peter rolls over and suffocates her one times too many. However, Peter asks Quagmire to [[HoYay sleep with him]] just so he wouldn't feel lonely, which is [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday totally not gay]] by the way.
* One of the first clues that Luann and Kirk Van Houten on ''TheSimpsons'' might have a troubled marriage was Kirk's proposal to "push the twin beds together" after he procured a sex tonic. Later seasons saw them get divorced, though as of present they're back together.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' are generally acknowledged to be the first animated couple to share a bed, but earlier seasons did have Fred and Wilma in separate beds.
** One episode has Fred and Barney sharing a double bed. Barney mentions that he is having trouble sleeping because he and Betty sleep in twin beds. A giant ax later splits the bed, making Barney much happier.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', not only do Orel's parents have separate beds, but there is a privacy screen between them.
** Doughy's parents have separate rooms, though this is more because they're mentally still teenagers -- Kim's bedroom, which we do see, is still decorated like a high school girl's. It should also be noted, this has no bearing on their sex lives.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold's grandparents are shown to have separate beds.
* On ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Edd's parents' bedroom ("please leave or I'll have to call an attorney!") is arranged like this. No wonder the kid's [[{{Flanderization}} so uptight]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' Dale and Nancy sleep in separate beds while she was having an affair.
** Hank and Peggy's bed is actually two beds pushed together. Hank pulls his away in one episode because he can't stand the smell of Peggy's hair.
*** Hank later explains to Bobby that they have it that way because Peggy likes her mattress firm and he likes his extra firm.
--->'''Hank''': I guess it's true, opposites attract.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Hassle in the Castle" shows that Cosmo and Wanda sleep in separate beds.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie's somewhat... old-fashioned parents are shown to sleep like this. The fact that they have four kids (and strongly suggest theirs was a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage) means this can't have damaged their relationship any.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1967'' depicted Reed and Sue sleeping in separate beds in the episode "The Terrible Tribunal" in spite of them being married.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Averted in more old-fashioned and/or religious traditions in which the "marital bed" has a sacred significance.
* It's [[http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/09/12/lw.sleep.alone.when.married/ not]] [[http://www.divinecaroline.com/22074/74191-couples-sleep-separate-beds unheard]] [[http://zeldalily.com/index.php/2010/07/more-american-couples-sleeping-in-separate-beds/ of]] for happily married couples to sleep in separate beds or even separate rooms if their sleep habits aren't compatible or if there are medical circumstances (back problems, allergies or breathing problems, for example.) This doesn't mean they don't enjoy "together time" when the mood strikes.
* Heck, in some places, the husband and the wife don't even share a ''room''! (Most commonly with kings, who had to worry about things like assassination attempts. The Emperor of China eventually took to having his concubines stripped naked and wrapped up in a blanket to be delivered to his chambers for pleasure.)
** Many upper-class homes, given their large amount of space, do often have separate bedrooms for Him and for Her.
* Also, studies show that those who have certain sleeping habits (like snoring) or health problems are better off sleeping in different beds, and this shows that accommodating those needs ''improve'' a relationship. These studies are usually the reason for married pairs to sleep in different beds; before, different beds were considered to be wholesome and chaste, and the idea of "snuggling" was considered to be vulgar.
* [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21369007/ns/health-behavior/t/some-couples-distance-key-closeness/#.T3d-1hGPWTk This couple]] decided to [[ExaggeratedTrope live in separate houses]] while happily married due to already having two places that sufficiently contains all their stuff but they'd have to get a bigger, more expensive place if they didn't keep both homes. Appears to work pretty well for them, and the 2006 U.S. census data reports 3.8 million couples doing the same thing.
* When they were a couple, Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter and Cretor/TimBurton had adjoining HOUSES.
* Medical orthodoxy in the late 19th century was that sharing beds was unhygienic (because one lay in another person's sweat and exhaled water vapour), meaning it was highly probable that many happily married couples slept like this (of course many families couldn't afford more than one bed for the whole family, so it wasn't universal).
* Certain Jewish traditions surrounding the ''Niddah'', or a woman's menstrual cycle, stipulate that she sleep in a separate bed from her husband during and for several days after her cycle until she can be ritually cleansed in a bath called a ''mikvah''. Many modern Orthodox couples set this up either this way or by giving her a separate bedroom (often a guest room) for this time.