Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew reveals why she doesn't sleep with husband

The Sunrise host has revealed she and her husband sleep separately and they love it.

Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew has revealed "the secret" to her happy marriage with her husband Neil Varcoe, sharing the pair sleep in different bedrooms and hasn't slept together for about seven years.

"I’m convinced it’s the secret to our happy marriage (and clearly hasn’t impacted our ability to produce two kids)," the 39-year-old wrote in a column for Courier Mail, adding, "It shocks people when they come to our house and see two rooms set up."

Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew and husband Neil Varcoe
Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew has revealed 'the secret' to her happy marriage with her husband Neil Varcoe. Photo: Instagram/neilwrites

The Sunrise star shares that her room is messy, with piles of books, magazines and clothes, while her husband's bedroom is neat and filled with typical "manly" stuff, such as gym gear.

Edwina explains that she is a "fantastic sleeper", while her husband "tosses and turns", and when she would get up for her early starts on Sunrise, he found it difficult to get back to sleep, so they began trialling separate rooms.


"When we had kids, it continued," she said. "I would sleep overnight with the baby in my room and then he would wake up early to take over. Ten years into our relationship and five years into our marriage, it works a charm."

Edwina and Neil aren't alone in this trend, with celebrity couples such as David and Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk sharing that they sleep apart. David and Victoria even have 'his and her' wings of their home, with both wings having their own kitchen, bedrooms and courtyard, according to the Daily Mail.

Edwina Bartholomew, Neil Varcoe and their daughter Molly
Edwina jokes that their sleeping arrangement 'clearly hasn’t impacted our ability to produce two kids'. Photo: Instagram/Edwina Bartholomew

The late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also slept separately, with Lady Pamela Hicks, Philip's cousin, revealing in Sally Bedell Smith's 2012 biography Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, "In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms.

"You don’t want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose."

Edwina shared the story on her Instagram account with many of her followers agreeing with the idea.

"Love this - you have to do whatever it is to make a relationship work who says sleeping in the same bed is what you 'must do'," one user commented.

"Going on nearly two years sleeping separately, also produced a second baby in that time," another added with a laughing emoji.


"We do too, have a much better sleep in my own bedroom and we’ve been married almost 50 years," a third said.

"Love normalising this - still happy and healthy," someone else added. "Grandparents and great grandparents era was very common."

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