If you are in a relationship and cohabitating with your partner, you may have already encountered the quintessential discussion about sleeping arrangements. This is not simply about who gets which side of the bed, but a number of issues that can prevent one or both parties from getting a good night’s rest. Sometimes this discussion can become an argument large enough to affect other aspects of the relationship – before that happens be sure to follow some useful tips on some familiar causes of conflicts.
Snoring – this often can’t be helped, because we either snore or we don’t and rarely does one have control of it. If one party is snoring, and a nudge (or kick) during sleep won’t suffice, then solutions like nose strips, decongestants or earplugs may be in order. Either way, one person will need to accommodate the other.
Schedules – if both parties have divergent schedules, then inevitably one person is being woken up before he or she deserves to be. If you need an alarm clock, try to use a vibrating one that can be placed under a pillow. Also always be sure to be thoughtful when getting in and out of bed.
Pillows – speaking of pillows, everyone’s needs are different so when you purchase pillows don’t just get all of the same kind. Make sure every designated pillow offers the firmness or softness that each person prefers. By the way, pillows also are a great way to dampen sounds.
Mattress – one person may prefer a firm bed while another softer surface. In any case, one person often loses out when purchasing a bed as a couple. But adjustable air mattresses like those by Sleep Number allow each side of the bed to be tailored to individual tastes so that everyone can be happy.
Ambiance – sometimes a little ambiance can make a difference. Try to light some scented candles or incense, or use a noise machine to create the sleep environment you need. Exploring your options can be a fun activity for couples as well.
Communication – the biggest thing to remember is to always communicate. If you have a gripe, speak up – if you sense tension, inquire as to what may be wrong. By always keeping lines of communication open, together you can come up with a solution to your sleeping problems and feel closer from working together.
Read Select Comfort bed reviews and decide if a Sleep Number bed is right for you and your partner.