From duvet-hogging to incessant snoring, if you’re having trouble sleeping next to your partner, you’re not alone. According to The Better Sleep Council, around one in four couples go to bed in separate rooms because of different nighttime needs. However, you may not have to consign yourself to single beds just yet. To help you to restore harmony in the bedroom, we’ve put some suggestions for how you and your other half can enjoy a restful night’s sleep in each other’s company.
Is their late night emailing stopping you from nodding off? Does their 5am alarm wake you up when you’ve got two hours of snooze-time left? One of the most common bedtime problems for couples is conflicting sleep patterns. The best way to tackle this issue is to find a middle ground.
If you’re a night owl who likes to use the computer or watch TV before bed, now might be the time to pull the plug on your late night tech habits. Not only can the light from the screen make it more difficult for your partner to nod off, but it can also lower the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and have a negative impact on your sleep quality.
For early birds, there is now a variety of alarm clocks available that can target individual sleepers. From vibrating phones that can be put under your pillow to clocks that shine light onto one person, these useful devices can help you avoid disturbing your partner in the morning. As tempting as it can be, try to resist hitting the snooze button too often as well.
Earplugs and anti-snoring devices
Another common nighttime complaint for couples is noise disturbances. The main culprit? You’ve guessed it - snoring. There is plenty of research that suggests sleep disturbances such as snoring can have a negative impact on not only your sleep quality but also your relationship.
If you’re a light sleeper and your partner’s snoring leaves you tossing and turning, consider using earplugs to help you block out any sounds that may be preventing you from getting enough shut-eye. There are also a number of anti-snoring devices you can try, such as nasal strips or dilators, chin strips and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) which push your tongue and jaw forward to prevent snoring.
While you prefer to sleep flat on your back, your partner needs to be propped up. You like a soft mattress that you can sink into, but they want something firmer. If your different nighttime needs are leaving you sleep-deprived but the idea of separate rooms doesn’t appeal to you, it might be time to invest in a split adjustable bed.
With an electrical bed, you can adjust each side into different positions to allow for maximum comfort. This way, you can accommodate for both of your preferences, which can be especially beneficial if one of you suffers from a health condition that requires you to sleep in a certain position. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference having this added control and flexibility can make to your everyday life.
Remember, it may take some trial and error before you find a solution that works for both of you, but it will be worth it in the end. After all, it is said that people spend on average a third of their life in bed, so it only makes sense to make getting a good night’s rest a top priority.