Sharing a bed with the one you love is great, but could it actually be sabotaging your sleep?
One of the best parts of being in a relationship is having someone to cuddle with at night, but could your significant other actually be sabotaging your sleep? Here are three ways your partner may be secretly stealing your zzz’s.
You’re a Morning Person, They’re Not
In one study, married couples with different sleep/wake times reported more conflict and less time in serious discussion or shared activities. While it may not seem like a big deal if your partner tiptoes into bed much later than you, they could very well be disturbing your sleep without you even realizing it, and their night owl ways may be hindering communication during hours when you feel your best.
If you find yourself in a relationship with someone who loves to sleep when you love to be awake (and vice versa), work together to come up with a time to discuss important issues; maybe it’s right when you both get home from work, or maybe it’s over dinner, but whenever it is, make sure it’s a time when you both feel calm, collected, and have some energy left.
Even though snoring is quite common (according to the Nasal and Sinus center at Saint Joseph Hospital, approximately 45 percent of adults say they snore occasionally), sleeping next to someone who snores can really affect your sleep patterns.
While constant, chronic snoring can be a sign of a bigger health issue (and should be brought up with a doctor), occasional snoring due to allergies, a cold, or even a deviated septum can be eased quickly by applying Breathe Right nasal strips. Drug-free and clinically proven to instantly relieve nasal congestion, Breathe Right strips may be just what you and your partner need to get a better night’s sleep.
They Like It Hot, You Like It Cold
Because individual body temperatures can vary, it’s quite possible that you prefer to sleep with a fan or air conditioning on, while your partner prefers thick blankets and flannel PJs. Some quick solves for this issue include buying a small fan for your side of the bed, having your own lightweight blanket, and buying your partner some cute socks, since a 2018 study shows wearing socks to bed may actually improve sleep quality!