What do you do when you love your partner but you can’t get a good night’s sleep with them? Sleep expert Alanna McGinn shares five of the biggest bedtime blunders most couples make and what you can do about them.
Not being prepared
If noise or different sleep schedules are an issue, earplugs and eye masks are the perfect solution.
Not taking snoring seriously
If your partner snores frequently, don’t kick them out of bed—send them to the doctor to see if the frequent snoring isn’t a red flag for sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder.
Fighting over blankets
If you or your partner is guilty of hogging the blanket, separate blankets are a must!
Not treating your sleep schedules differently
Your sleep routines could differ for various reasons, like conflicting work schedules or one of you is a night owl. Agree on a plan and stick to it. For example, if you’re heading up to bed later than your partner, perhaps you agree to go to bed together at least a few nights a week. By doing this you can have an easier bedtime for your partner and maybe even get you in a better sleep routine.
When all else fails, choose to sleep apart
If sleeping separately is what will work for you and your partner, that’s okay! Marriages can actually flourish n this situation because both partners will be well rested. It’s not important how you spend time with your partner while you’re asleep—it’s important how you spend time while you’re awake.