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Bed Battles: What to Do About Sleep Incompatibility.

April 17, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.comThere’s nothing better than being with someone you love – or, at least, someone that you’re really starting to like. One of the sometimes peculiar things about being in a relationship, however, is learning how to share a bed. Everyone has different sleeping habits and finding compatibility can be difficult. Even when you’ve been with someone for years, your sleeping habits can change and you can find yourselves dealing with a potential problem. If you have a sleep issue when it comes to sharing a bed, there are things you can do to address it.

Find a Snoring Solution

Snoring is one of the worst problems that can plague a couple. One partner is kept awake by the other’s snoring, and the other person is then constantly poked and prodded in an attempt to get them to stop. If one of you is a snorer, you’re likely both not sleeping as well as you could be. Some lifestyle changes can help, like not drinking alcohol before bed and not sleeping on your back. A sleep doctor could also help you identify the problem. Sleep apnea, a condition where you stop breathing for short periods as you sleep, is an issue for many. But it can be treated if you get a diagnosis.

Get a Supportive Mattress

Rolling into each other or disturbing your partner by moving around a lot are both problems you might have in bed. Even with a large bed, there’s only so much space between you. One of the things that can solve this is getting the right mattress. Check out to find a style and firmness that could work for you. Some mattresses are designed to provide a happy medium if you prefer different levels of firmness. Another possibility could be to have separate single mattresses on a double bed so you each get your own.

Try Separate Bedding

Is one of you always stealing the covers? If you often roll over to in the night to find that you have no blankets, you might want to think about having separate ones. That way, you each get to stay warm but you don’t have to resort to sleeping in separate beds. If you like to cuddle before bed, you can slightly overlap your blankets in the middle before you go to sleep. You can also get devices that are designed to hold the blankets in place or you could tuck them under the mattress.

Discuss Contact Levels

Some people like to cuddle up with their partner when they’re in bed, while others like their own space. If you’re incompatible, it can make both of you feel like you’re neglecting each other’s needs. There is a happy medium to be found, though. One idea is to agree to cuddle until one of you falls asleep. Or you could agree to snuggle time for a set amount of time before you both roll over and sleep separately.

Don’t let disagreements over bed preferences ruin your sleep and your relationship. Talk about it and find a solution that works for both of you.

Staff Writer; Gary Day

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