8 ways to sleep with your partner and get a good night’s rest.
Trouble sleeping next to your partner? You’re not alone. About 26% of people say they get better sleep when they sleep alone, compared to sleeping with their partner. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case.
Sleeping with your partner has its benefits
While it’s tempting to give up and sleep alone, sleeping with your partner can be important to your relationship. For starters, cuddling can help you bond with your significant other and promote intimacy. According to one study, cuddling after sex leads to higher sexual satisfaction and higher relationship satisfaction. Furthermore, touch helps communicate feelings of love, gratitude, and sympathy between loved ones. As we make contact with another human, our levels of oxytocin rise. Oxytocin is the “love hormone” that can prompt empathy, trust, relaxation and reduced anxiety.
How to get harmonious sleep with your partner
Address snoring together
Let’s start with the (very loud) elephant in the room. Snoring can be the biggest sleep issue couples have to deal with. And while there may be only one partner to blame, it’s important to deal with the issue together. If you’re the snorer, get evaluated by a medical professional to see what the underlying cause is. If you’re the snorer’s partner, encourage them to get checked out and go with them on their visit. Your support might be just what they need to finally get help.
Get some earplugs when your sleep with your partner
Whether you’re dealing with your partner’s snoring or your neighbor’s unnecessarily loud TV, earplugs might help your issues. Light sleepers should especially consider getting earplugs to block the noises that easily wake them up.
Stagger your bedtimes
Be intentional about your individual sleep schedule. If your partner is the one who is keeping you up, try going to sleep earlier than them. Then have your partner come to bed when you’re in a deep sleep. This will hopefully prevent your significant other from keeping you awake.
Put on headphones when you sleep with your partner
Speaking of staggering bedtimes, if your partner is ready for bed but you want to stay up and watch TV, try putting on headphones. As a result, your partner can sleep soundly while you enjoy your favorite show. Now they even make headphones and earbuds specifically for bedtime.
End the blanket tug-o-war
Who says sharing is caring? Are you and your partner always fighting over the sheets? One easy solve is to just get two separate blankets. That way you’ll have your own blanket to stay warm and comfy. You can still share a couple of layers, just make sure you each have one designated blanket for yourself.
Find the right mattress
Mattresses with individually wrapped pocketed springs, like hybrid mattresses, are great for couples. Pocketed springs contour to your bodyweight independent of each other. Because they don’t completely affect their surrounding springs, you’ll be able to move around in bed without waking your partner. If you toss and turn at night, pocketed springs can help prevent your partner from waking up.
Look into an adjustable base
You and your significant other don’t need to compromise on your preferred sleeping positions. With an adjustable base, you can each choose the most comfortable position for your individual needs. You may need to get two twin bases and put them together, but the results could be worth it. Adjustable beds come with plenty of benefits. Furthermore, they can help with snoring which, in turn, can help with your relationship.
Get separate beds, if you must
Above all, the health of your relationship should be the priority. If you and your partner have tried everything and still can’t make it work, consider separate beds. A growing, though misleading, topic is the trend of sleep divorce. This is where a couple will sleep in separate beds, or even separate rooms, to get a good night’s sleep. But don’t let the name fool you, some say this can actually improve your relationship. After all, when you’re well-rested, you’re less irritable. As a result, you won’t be so hostile toward your partner. So while you should explore the ways to make sleeping together work, don’t be ashamed if you choose different beds. What’s important is that you and your significant other maintain a healthy and loving relationship.
Talk to a Sleep Consultant
If you’re looking to get better sleep with your partner, speak with our Sleep Consultants. We can help you find a solution that works for the both of you. Call or visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep today.