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Two in a Bed
The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing
Two in a Bed
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Paul C. Rosenblatt - Author
Price: $71.50 
Hardcover - 227 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6829-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6829-6

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Paperback - 227 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6830-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6830-2

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A fascinating look at the social experience of sharing a bed with another person.

Millions of adults sleep with another adult, but what does it mean to share a bed with someone else, and how does it affect a couple’s relationship? What happens when one partner snores? Steals the sheets? Prefers to sleep in the nude? To address these and other questions, Paul C. Rosenblatt asked couples to describe the struggles, challenges, and achievements of their bed-sharing experiences. Two in a Bed includes interviews with more than forty bed-sharing couples as they candidly discuss winding down and waking up, cold feet and tucked sheets, who sleeps near the door and who gets pushed to the edge, snoring, spooning, sleep talking, sleep walking, and the myriad other behaviors we negotiate in falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up each morning beside a partner. In addition to exploring the routines and realities of sharing a bed with another person, these interviews reveal important information about sleep, relationships, and American society. Stressing the intricacy and importance of a previously unremarked activity, Rosenblatt’s Two in a Bed shows that sleep should no longer be viewed solely as an individual phenomenon.

“Rosentblatt’s contention that sleep is a window into a couple’s life may … prove useful for therapists.” — CHOICE

Two in a Bed is a groundbreaking book in the field of sleep and relationships. While a plethora of writing exists about adults sleeping as an individual phenomenon, until now there was no book about sharing a bed, even though it’s a part of millions of couples’ lives.” — RxPG

“Rosenblatt’s book is a sociological study of this overlooked phenomenon, and he reveals all the factors involved in bed sharing, ‘couple interaction,’ and the effects of a shared sleeping environment … [It] reassuringly asserts the age-old maxims it never hurts to hear: the keys to a good relationship are intimacy, communication and plenty of compromise.” — Publishers Weekly

“…quite accessible to general readers, and quite a lot of fun.” — Shelf Awareness

“This is the most fascinating and engaging book in the family arena that I have read in many years. It fills a significant and important gap in the social science literature. Every interview is informative and some are even hilarious.” — David M. Klein, coeditor of Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research

Paul C. Rosenblatt is Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the author of many books, including (with Beverly R. Wallace) African American Grief; Help Your Marriage Survive the Death of a Child; Parent Grief: Narratives of Loss and Relationship; (with Terri A. Karis and Richard D. Powell) Multiracial Couples: Black & White Voices; and Metaphors of Family Systems Theory: Toward New Constructions.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Forming the Couple System: Learning to Share a Bed

3. The Bed

4. Going to Bed

5. Activities in the Transition from Awake to Sleep

6. Temperature Preferences

7. Talking and Touching

8. Anger and the Couple Bed

9. Illness and Injury

10. How Can You Sleep So Soundly When I’m So Wide Awake?

11. Outside Intrusions into Couple Sleep

12. Bathroom Trips, Tossing and Turning, Restless Legs, Sleep Talking, Grinding Teeth, and Nightmares

13. Snoring and Sleep Apnea

14. Safety, Intimacy, and Why Couples Sleep Together

15. Waking Up in the Morning

16. Weekends

17. Everyday Life and the Couple System

Appendix
References
Index



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