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TO AVOID EXCESSIVE INDULGENCESMarried persons should adopt more generally the rule of sleeping in separate rooms, or at least in separate beds, as is the almost universal custom in Germany and Holland. This rule being adopted, several very important advantages would result in regard to health and comfort.
Opportunity makes importunity. For example, if pastries are where they continually attract the attention of children, there is a want and a request for them; but if out of sight they would only be thought of when natural hunger came. So, if married persons slept in different rooms the indulgences would only be specially thought of when there existed a natural, healthy appetite for the same, and as food is the more enjoyable from the longer interval of fasting; so here. In this way troublesome temptations are escaped and a rational temperance would be practiced without inconvenience.
And it is well known, to, that if two persons, one sickly and the other healthy, occupy the same bed, one will become diseased without the sickly one becoming benefited. This is especially true when children sleep with old and feeble persons. hence, it is seldom the case that both the wife and husband are in perfect health, and in all respects, at all times; at least one party would be saved from injury by sleeping alone.