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A good night’s sleep can be hard enough to get on your own. Add in the challenge of sleeping with a partner who snores, hogs the bed, or stays up way too late catching up on their favourite TV shows and it’s no wonder sleep deprivation is such a problem with so many people. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation revealed that about 25% of American couples sleep in separate beds or rooms. While this may be an effective solution for some relationships, it can also take a toll on your bond and intimacy. If you struggle with sharing the bed with someone else, a separate bed doesn’t have to be the answer. Keep reading for ways to navigate your different sleep styles and get the sleep that you and your partner deserve.
If your partner snores
According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 37 million adults snore regularly. If your partner snores, you know how hard it can be to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night when it sounds like a chainsaw is sounding off next to you. Snoring occurs from the vibrations made as you breathe through narrowed airways while sleeping. It commonly occurs due to congestion or even drinking alcohol close to bedtime, but in some cases, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. If your partner snores, try having them sleep on their side using a body pillow to keep their body in position. You can also try building a “wall” of pillows. This will cause the sound to bounce back in the other direction, which should reduce the noise enough for you to fall asleep. If addressing these issues doesn’t help, have your partner schedule a visit with a sleep doctor.
If your partner is a bed hog
Let’s face it; we’ve all had those nights where we wake up in the middle of the night shivering because our partner has cocooned themselves in the blankets. While this is not necessarily a deliberate move on their end, it can disrupt our sleep patterns. It almost seems like you’re never able to settle too deeply into sleep before you’re abruptly freed from your covers. Instead of playing tug of war with your partner, try having separate covers for you and your partner: one top sheet and blanket/comforter for you and another set for your partner. It’s much harder for your partner to steal the covers from you if you each have your own set.
If your kids interrupt your ZZZs
Sometimes it’s not your spouse that disrupts your sleeping patterns, but your children. If you and your spouse don’t agree on how to handle your child who has had a bad dream or even a bathroom emergency, conflict can occur along with next-day exhaustion. Also, sometimes only one parent ends up taking care of the child’s needs, which can build resentment. It’s important to make sure that you and your partner are on the same page about how to handle each situation with your children mid-sleep. Be sure to set boundaries for your kids, but also share the responsibility of a middle-of-the-night-interruption. Take shifts getting the kids back to sleep otherwise, you will both end up sleep-deprived.
If your partner has a different mattress preference
Some of us love a soft bed that we can sink right into, while others prefer a mattress that is as firm as a board. This can be extremely discouraging because a mattress is an expensive, important investment and it may seem impossible to find a mattress that fits both you and your partner’s comfort needs. While you may think that one person will end up having to compromise, that doesn’t have to be the case! More and more mattress companies have started to catch on to the fact that sleep partners may not share the same sleep preferences, offering options that address both preferences. A Foam layer mattress is a great option for couples that can’t agree on the softness or firmness of their bed as they mold to your weight and body size without affecting your partner. Your bed isn’t just another piece of furniture; it’s an investment in your health and relationship.
Check out this helpful infographic below for more sleep tips for you and your partner.
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