When you’re in a relationship, it’s normal for you and your partner to have differences. Maybe you like waffles while they like pancakes. You’re all about black coffee, but they love a splash of coconut milk and brown sugar. None of these are groundbreakers, of course – you still love him or her. But when it comes to sleeping habits? Things become frustrating.
Differences in dreamland can get tricky. It may mess with someone’s beauty sleep, leading to unwanted wake-up calls and groggy mornings. Instead of resenting each other, tackle the sleep problems before they turn into relationship problems. They don’t need to get in the way! Here’s how to hit snooze on the most common sleep issues.
1. Different Wake-Up Times
Not everyone works a 9 to 5 job. It’s not uncommon to have different schedules these days! Plus, some people just like to get up early, something many night owls would never dream of. A blaring alarm clock can easily wake up both people. It’s even worse when the snooze button is hit over and over and over. Little things like opening closets and turning on lights can be super disruptive.
2. Temperature Preferences
It’s typically more comfortable to sleep in a cool room. Yet, everyone’s body is different. What happens when one person is shivering (or sweating buckets) and the other feels just fine?1
Solution: Keep in mind that it’s easier to get warm than cool off. If you’re always chilly, wear socks or an extra sweater. You can even lay on top of a heating pad or use a heated blanket. If you’re always warm, set up a fan nearby. Use a thin top sheet and let your feet stick out to help the body cool down.
Falling asleep while watching the television is associated with sleep debt. However, some people need background noise to fall asleep. The light and sound, unfortunately, can be a roadblock for a person who needs peace and quiet.2
Solution: Use the sleep timer to your advantage. Set it for 30 minutes and turn the brightness and volume down. If you’re the one who gets distracted by light, slip into a sleep mask.
Nearly 50% of adults snore, so there’s a good chance you or your partner is one of them. It’s more common in men, older people, and being overweight or obese. Snoring doesn’t just disrupt other people’s sleep, but it might also be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder.3 4
Solution: Are you the snorer? Consider using nasal strips or decongestants to improve airflow through the nose. Avoid sleeping on your back, which actually makes snoring worse. Alcohol also won’t help, so go easy on the booze before bedtime. If you’re not the snorer, use a white noise machine or earplugs. Placing a pillow in between you and your partner may also help.
5. Not-So-Perfect Mattress
Solution: Opt for a firmer mattress, because you can easily make one side softer. Foam toppers are your friend! Thanks to technology, you can even buy a mattress with customizable settings on each side.
Sleeping should be a comfortable, rejuvenating experience. It also shouldn’t get in the way of you and your partner. With these simple fixes, you can keep sleep issues out of the relationship.
|↑1||Sleep Hygiene Tips. American Sleep Association.|
|↑2||Falbe, J., Davison, K.K., Franckle, R.L., Ganter, C., Gortmaker, S.L., Smith, L., Land, T. and Taveras, E.M., 2015. Sleep duration, restfulness, and screens in the sleep environment. Pediatrics, 135(2), pp.e367-e375.|
|↑3||Snoring. American Sleep Association.|
|↑4||Snoring. MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine.|