Is getting a good night’s rest inhibited by sleeping next to your partner? With different sleep needs, preferences, and problems, it’s no wonder! However, you’re not alone. Whether it’s the room temperature, mattress firmness, tossing and turning, or cover-stealing, sharing a bed has become hard work. So what makes sleeping so complicated? Let’s take a look:
The room temperature is an obvious factor for a divide if one likes the fresh air flowing, but the other is always chilly. Or maybe the types of covers you use are just right for you but much too heavy for your significant other. And what about the extra body heat radiating from your partner? It can make it feel like you’re sleeping inside a sauna! One helpful tip is trying the so-called Scandinavian sleep method: One bed. Two blankets. You might also want to look into investing in a mattress with cooling technology. These are not only great for hotter weather, but they will help regulate body temperature, too.
Our internal clock pretty much decides when it’s time to go to bed, and going to bed at different times can leave the last one in a bit of a killjoy. It is, however, fairly common for couples to have a different circadian rhythm. At night, try staggering your bedtimes enough, so the first has the chance to fall into a deep sleep and is harder to wake with light noises or movement. When it comes to mornings, early risers should try to be mindful of the alarm clock. Don’t press the snooze button so many times that your significant other becomes the backup.
To some, the faintest of sounds can disrupt your slumber. Does your partner talk or mumble in their sleep? What about snoring? Sleeping next to someone who snores can be the equivalent of someone playing the percussion on your eardrums! On the other hand, some people prefer the noise and have trouble sleeping in silence. Many people sleep with the tv on…in fact, millions! Some even play white noise or need the sound of a fan in the background to help them fall asleep. A good compromise would be to set up a timer. The first person will be able to fall asleep to the sounds of their preference, and the second should follow soon after in peace and quiet. If that isn’t an option, it might be time to find a good pair of earplugs.
We all know that darkness is a very important factor in falling asleep, but did you know that even the light from an alarm clock can disturb your sleep? Opt for setting an alarm on your phone or something that goes dark when not in use. And speaking of, it’s always a good idea to put your phone and tablets away a good amount of time before bed. If you like to check your emails, consider your partner’s sleep needs. They can have trouble falling asleep from the blue light glowing from your device, too. Cover up any additional electronics that have a residual light. And an even simpler fix: eyemasks. Block out any light that sneaks into your space by covering your eyes.
Now, hear us out on this one because we should know. If the person next to you is a tosser and turner, it can become very difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep. The good news is, nowadays, many mattresses help to reduce what is called motion transfer. This leaves movement in one area of the bed to stay there and not transfer to the other areas. Think of the bowling ball/wine glass scenario. Typically, memory foam is the way to go for this problem, but there are a lot of options, which is why you should seek the help of an expert *wink wink.*
These are just a small handful of complications that might occur when sleeping in a pair. If any of these situations sound familiar, we hope to have provided you with some insight. Just remember, getting a good night’s rest makes for a happier and healthier you, and who knows, maybe even for two!