There are those who argue that sleeping with a partner is better for you, and those that alert on how it is ruining your sleep.
It might just be a matter of personal preference, but what is universal is the fact that on any given night your partner could be disturbing your sleep whether you realize it or not.
Here are our top 5 reasons on why it is hard to sleep with a partner:
- Your partner snores.
Surveys have found that adults in a relationship in which the partner snores lose at least two hours of sleep a night as a result of this problem. Even when you don’t feel a direct impact from it, the sound created by your partner snoring does affect the quality of your sleep. Swimmer earplugs are a great solution.
- Your partner moves too much.
When a bed is shared in two, personal space takes on a new definition, as none of you is conscious of the position you are sleeping in. Whether your partner is a flincher, a cuddler, or a starfish, don’t take it personal if she gets too close for comfort. Eventually, couples need to find a compromise between preferences and understand if a bigger bed or a pillow between the two solves the problem.
- Different temperature preferences.
Again, don’t take it personal if your partner decides to roll away from you, it might just be one of those hot nights. Sleeping with someone often means that the bed gets warmer faster, and throughout the night the changes in temperature can disturb each person in different ways. Consider heated mattress covers or customizing the bedroom temperature through a smart thermostat, and also take into account that the fabric of your pajamas and bed sheets has a big impact on heat dissipation.
- The comforter is too small for two.
In many European countries they place two single-size comforters so that each person can have their own rather than pulling one away from each other. This is a very smart decision that can save many midnight discussions or cold nights. If you don’t like the look of it, you can place a full-size comforter on top of the two smaller ones.
- You function on different clocks.
If you are a morning person even on the weekends but your partner likes to stay in bed until noon, you might find yourselves often discussing about it. As with any relationship matter, compromise is the best answer. Stepping out of bed silently and maintaining lights off and the TV volume low is a good way to respect your partner’s own habits.
And remember, it’s all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. No one is a perfect sleeper, so enjoy the nights when you get to sleep alone, and cuddle for some time when you have someone to share your night with.