No matter how much you love your partner, sharing the bed with another person can come with a variety of issues! Millions of couples find it difficult
to get a good night’s sleep next to each other, whether that be due to problems like snoring, moving too much in bed, differing sleep positions
or even opposing circadian rhythms. Sleep problems with a partner can affect your relationship and make it hard for both of you to tolerate each
other, so below are a couple quick fixes for the most common issues.
This is a big one. Snoring can be indicative of sleep apnea, a condition that should be treated by a doctor. But in some cases, making changes like
cutting down on alcohol close to bedtime, or avoiding sleeping on your back can be enough to do the trick. In the mean time, the non-snorers may
have to surround themselves with an ear-protecting pillow fort!
You go to bed and wake up at different times
Whether this is due to conflicting circadian rhythms or different work schedules, it is unavoidable for many couples to find themselves on totally
different sleep schedules. Rather than trying to force each other into working with the others’ sleep needs, both partners need to respect each
other’s internal clocks and be considerate when it comes to making noise. Another part of respecting the others’ sleeping habits is reducing blue
light exposure by making sure electronics don’t come into the bed while the other is trying to sleep. Making time for intimacy or to talk should
be a neutral time where neither partner is exhausted.
You need different environments to fall asleep
It’s all about compromise. The couple where one likes to wake up to sunlight while the other needs it to be pitch black may have to consider an eye
mask. The partner that can’t go to sleep without their white noise or music may have to invest in a pair of wireless ear buds. The age old fight
about the thermostat can be addressed with a middle ground temperature. One partner may have to bundle up, while a bigger bed may appease the cold
loving partner, who will be less affected by radiating body heat.
In the end, these fixes are fairly self explanatory and easy to implement. The hard bit is getting to a place where you can communicate with your partner
about how they could change their habits so that you can get the sleep that you need. No one deserves to be suffering silence, not to mention how
much better of a partner you’ll be if you’re well rested!