For many of us sleeping with a partner can lead to nights of disrupted sleep with differing sleep times and work schedules , ‘noise in the night ‘ and size of bed all issues to overcome .
Top 5 tips
Here are my top 5 tips on how to sleep well with your partner to get that great night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of!
1) Go Large
Get as big a bed as possible. Larger beds are proven to provide much more restful, and less disturbed night’s sleep for couples and are one of the most important considerations if you have disturbed sleep. In terms of the basic maths, if you sleep in a double bed as a couple it gives you each virtually the same space to sleep in as a baby has in a cot. If you want to enjoy the same space you each individually enjoyed as a child (when you slept in your single bed) you actually need a Super King Size bed when you sleep together as a couple.
2) Bigger Covers
Get covers that are bigger in size than the bed you are sleeping in. This prevents your partner from taking all the duvet and you waking up when you start to feel cold.
3) Disrupting your partner’s sleep
If you go to bed and wake at different times, don’t switch the light on as it will disturb your partner. Also , buy a mattress that minimises roll to avoid being woken up by your partner tossing, turning and getting in and out of bed. Pocket Sprung mattresses for example will always provide a better solution than coil sprung mattresses (where the coils are linked) for couples as each spring provides individual support.
If your partner snores, get them to lose weight, stop smoking and stop drinking alcohol late at night. These can all make them snore. Also encourage them to sleep on their side, rather than their back, to stop he/she from snoring. If all else fails, wear earplugs or use a modern noise reducer to block out the sound of snores.
5) Don’t take technology into the bedroom
Any technology; mobile, iPad or laptop, can keep you and your partner awake if you use it in bed before going to sleep. Apart from stopping your partner from getting to sleep from the activity going on beside them in bed, the screens from your device emits blue light, which stops your brain making Melatonin ( the sleep hormone). Equally the extra mental stimulation is going to keep you more alert just before you are asking your mind to quieten down for the night. Banning all technology from the bedroom makes it easier to get to sleep and stops notifications waking you too early too.