More than 60% of American adults share their bed with a significant other. Although this can mean a sound and cozy sleep, it can also bring about issues with snoring, distractions, temperature control, and tossing and turning. If this applies to you, help is on the way.
Following are ten tips that should bring you a more restful night’s sleep in no time:
- Make getting a good night’s sleep a top priority. Don’t let it fall to the bottom of the list, since it affects your mental and physical health, responses to stress, and even productivity at work.
- Find the right pillow, and keep it fresh. Your pillow is key in helping you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up pain-free. Find one that works for you, and replace it every two to three years. During that time, it both changes shape and collects enough dust mites, bacteria, mold, and perspiration to make it unhealthy.
- Invest in the best mattress for both of you. About half of all married couples would now choose a mattress as their first purchase. Try out a number of options, ideally with an expert, to find a mattress with lasting comfort and support for two. A good option can be memory foam, especially since it diminishes the effects of tossing and turning.
- Try staggering bedtimes. If your partner’s snoring or movement keeps you from falling asleep, head to bed first so that you’re sleeping soundly by the time they join you.
- Control the temperature under the covers. Since people often have different temperature preferences, try using separate blankets. If you want to avoid the bedspread barrier, a ChiliPad or similar item could be the answer. ChiliPad is a dual-zone mattress pad that both cools and heats, setting a separate temperature for each side of the bed.
- Keep the room dark. Even a small amount of light can make a difference in your ability to sleep deeply. If necessary, use a sleep mask – some of which feature the added benefit of adding warmth, coolness, or the relaxing scent of lavender.
- Turn off the TV and close the laptop. These are two big distractions that keep your brain awake, your bedroom lit, and you and your partner from sleeping deeply.
- Pay attention to your sleeping position. Whether you sleep on your back, side or stomach can affect a number of things, from snoring to causing or relieving pain. Discuss sleeping positions with your partner and, if needed, explore options like a body pillow or ContourSide pillow.
- Minimize disruptions. If at all possible, keep the kids and pets out of the bed. It’s good for your sleep – and your relationship.
- Relaaaax… At the end of the day, your bedroom is an ideal place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other. Curl up and enjoy your zzzzzzz’s.
You can learn more about how to choose a mattress and pillow, as well as the benefits of different sleep positions by clicking here.