Sleep Tips for Bed Sharing
By Sara Butler
Having a partner you share a bed with can be a bonding experience, but as you probably know from laying awake at night listening to them snore, it's not all rainbows. A lot of people struggle to get the minimum recommended amount of sleep each night. Throw in another person in the bed and that can make things even more difficult. You may love your partner, but it's important to find a way to rest next to them peacefully. Here are a few tips to help you get better sleep even if you've got a fidgety, snoring partner who needs the bedroom as cold as the arctic tundra to sleep.
Get Some Accessories
A common problem partners tend to have is that one has a slightly different sleep schedule than the other. That means you may need to go to bed at a certain hour, but they like to stay up and read with the light on. How do you solve this problem? Accessorize!
An affordable and practical strategy is to invest in a sleep mask and some earplugs so you can block out any noise and light that may be keeping you awake. But there's nothing wrong with asking them to practice a little common courtesy either by staying as quiet as possible not to wake you, no matter what time either of you is getting up or going to bed.
Seek Treatment for Sleep Issues
If you have a partner that tosses and turns all night or snores like a freight train, they may need to see a medical professional for help. These things can be signs for more serious issues such as insomnia or sleep apnea. Suggest your partner get it checked out just to make sure everything is OK.
Layer Your Blankets
If you have one partner who likes it ice cold and another that likes the bedroom a little warm, it can be tough to find common ground. To help avoid any arguments over the thermostat, try layering your bedding. That way one person can add blankets or take them off in order to find their ideal temperature for sleep.
There are many aspects to sharing your life with someone that takes some compromise and sharing a bed is no different. Talk to your partner about what works for them and what doesn't so you can both get good quality sleep at night for better health and wellness.
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