How to Be More Compatible with Your Partner While You Sleep
You may have found the perfect partner, but if he or she isn't a good sleeper, things can go downhill rather quickly. Maybe one of you is a loud snorer, or perhaps your other half has a completely different sleep schedule that interferes with your beauty sleep. Whatever the case, it's taking a major toll on your well-being.
The good news is that you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic sleep loss and sleep disorders affect a total of 70 million Americans. Don't let your partner be the reason for your sleeping issues. Here's how to sleep more compatibly.
Keep Snoring to a Minimum
Whether it's you or your partner who's the snorer, it's important that the issue is addressed before it becomes the subject of your next argument. Try to get to the root of the problem. The NIH noted that there are certain triggers that increase the chances and severity of snoring. Things like alcohol and smoking, as well as congestion from a cold or allergies, can cause people to snore. Try limiting alcohol intake, and be sure to tend to allergies before bedtime for a more peaceful sleep for you and your partner. If one of you is a smoker, this could be another reason to quit.
Try to Synch Schedules
You're an early riser, but he's a night owl. This could make things a little tricky, but it doesn't mean your relationship is doomed. There are simple tweaks you can make to both of your sleep schedules so you can keep disruptions as minimal as possible. For example, if you like to watch TV for hours before bed while your partner sleeps, try to do it in the next room or watch from your laptop with headphones. If one of you gets in later when the other is already in bed, that person should take his or her night time routine to the bathroom or another room so as not to cause a major commotion.
Block out Disruptions
Despite your best efforts, there's bound to be some noise and disruptions throughout the night. Fortunately, there are products that can help. Try listening to soft music while you sleep, or use a tabletop fan to drown out any snoring or outside sounds. Eye masks and ear plugs can also come in handy. Use them to block out light from a TV and any noise that can still be heard through the fan or radio.