Sleep Problems That Can Negatively Impact Your Relationship

While it may be easy to share your life with your partner, it may not always be so easy to share a bed. Despite the amount of love that you may have for each other, having sleep issues and poor habits at bedtime can have a huge impact on one's life during the day. These habits may drive a wedge between you and your significant other.

Sleep issues in relationships can show up for anyone at any time. To help you maintain your healthy sleep habits without leaving your partner to sleep alone, a doctor has addressed some of the most common sleep problems that he sees in his patients, and some proper ways to fix them.

1. Having Different Wake Up Times

Having varying sleep schedules is common but if one person?s alarm goes off at 5:00 am and their partner is planning to sleep until 8:00, it?s certain to wake the other person, and even more distracting if the snooze button is pressed several times. These can lead to lack of sleep and resentment.

Once up, if you continue to make noise and turn on lights while getting ready for your day, you can further disrupt your partner?s sleeping routine. It is important to be respectful of your partner if they are in the same room but still trying to sleep.

To fix this, try opting for a vibrating alarm clock that will not be as loud as an audible one. That way, the sleeping partner does not have the listen to a loud alarm before they are ready to get up for the day. Many activity trackers have vibrating alarms that can help you ease out of sleep with a gentle pulse on your arm.

You may also want to consider the parts of your morning routine that you can do the night before, such as laying out your clothes or preparing your lunch. Not only will this save you time in the morning, it will also reduce the noise you are making in the house.

2. Snoring

Snoring can easily wake up the person you are sleeping next to throughout the night. Data shows that people who sleep with a partner who snores tend to lose an hour of sleep each night.

In order to fix this problem, the person who snores can use an internal nasal dilator or a mouthpiece to help increase airflow and breathing. It is also a good idea to not drink alcohol before going to bed because it can increase snoring. You can also take a decongentant before falling asleep so your nasal passages become clear.

If you are the one who is not snoring, create a pillow wall to muffle the sound of snoring. If this doesn?t work, get some earplugs or a white noise machine.

3. Temperature Conflicts

People typically sleep better in the cold than when it is warm, but some like to keep it warm all night. This can be a problem if partners have different preferences for the room temperature.

Err on the side of cooler so those who want to be warm can use more blankets. It is always easier to warm up than it is to cool down. If you like it to be extra cold, on the other hand, consider sleeping with your feet outside of the covers so you can dissipate heat from the bottom of your feet.

4. Your Mattress Isn't Great

It is always difficult to find the perfect mattress for your body and sleeping style. Each person has a different need. It is always easier to make a mattress softer than it is to make one harder, so go as firm as both of you are willing to go. Once you get your mattress, you can modify it with mattress pads to make it the right level of comfort for you.

5. Going to Bed with the TV On

While one person may find the tv in the background to be relaxing as they drift off to sleep, another may be distracted by the noise and light. One good idea is to use the TV's sleep timer so it goes off automatically, hopefully after the tv-water has fallen asleep.

If it is the sound that bothers one of you, you can either use earplugs or get pillow speakers. They now even sell Bluetooth speakers that go into your pillow so only one person can hear what is on tv.

6. Keeping Pets in the Bed

Some people very much enjoy sleeping with their pet, while their partner may not appreciate it so much. This requires a couple to compromise. One possible solution is having the pet sleep at the foot of the bed, which may be less disruptive. Alternatively, your pet could sleep on the floor next to you.

It is also important to consider hygiene. Be sure to change your sheets often to get rid of pet hair and dander.

7. Pajamas? Or no Pajamas?

While there are certain times when you will likely be naked in bed, not everyone likes to sleep in the buff. Talk with your partner about what makes you both comfortable. If hygiene is your primary concern, wash your sheets on a regular basis, about once a week.

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