Handy Sleeping Tips for Couples

SleepQuality sleep can be difficult enough when you’re alone, but add another person to the mix, and it can make it nearly impossible.  Bed sharing can be a major hurdle in a relationship, but fear not!  There are things you can do to improve the quality of sleep not just for yourself, but for your partner too.

Size Matters

You may have heard the myth that king-sized beds are bad for relationships.  When’s the last time you were forced to be close to someone and it actually made you like them more?  There may not be any scientific evidence to back up the idea that big beds are better or worse for a relationship, but it sure does make for a better night’s rest when you have enough space in a bed.  So, buy a bed that can accommodate both of you comfortably.

Drown Out Sounds

If you sleep next to someone long enough you are bound to become intimate with all their noises, and that includes snoring.  Snoring can indicate a health problem, so if you or your partner is a heavy snorer then get checked out by a doctor.  For the rest of you recreational snorers it can be a big problem for your bed partner.  The best way to deal with it is to get a white noise machine or fan to help mask the sound by providing a consistent level of noise all night and not the operatic nasal crescendo coming from your partner. Ear plugs can also be helpful for dealing with things that go bump (or snore) in the night.

Get in Sync

People who have different sleep schedules than their partners face big challenges, but it doesn’t have to be waking each other up inadvertently.  The answer to this is simple: make a plan for your morning and/or bedtime routine.  You or your partner should do everything you can outside of the bedroom such as getting dressed or undressed.  Pick your clothes out in advance so you aren’t fumbling around and making noise that could wake up your partner.  With enough planning your routine can become a well-oiled don’t-wake-up-your-partner machine.

Separate Blankets

Everyone sleeps differently.  Some people like to be cool; some people like to be warm and toasty.  Some people like to stick their feet out of their blankets; others cover their heads or kick their blankets off all together.  The point is that blanket wars do not have to ensue in order for you and your bed partner to be comfortable.  If you each have your own blankets then you don’t have to worry about how your blanket behaviors and inclinations impact your partner’s sleep.  As Forrest Gump says, “that’s one less thing”.

After reading this, you may have 99 problems but sleeping in the same bed as your partner ain’t one.

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Juan Antonio F. Segal

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