Sleeping with your partner is good for maintaining a healthy relationship. It’s is all about Oxytocin, the love hormone also known as cuddle chemical that is produced in our brain. It boosts empathy and trust between the partners. When you make physical contact with your partner, levels of this chemical rises and helps you to raise the level of your intimacy and relationship. It also helps you with relaxing and reduces the level of anxiety to help you sleep better.
However, each person is unique in their unique way, including how you sleep, which makes co-sleeping a tricky affair. Only in an ideal world, you would find that you and your partner are going to have the same sleeping habits and sleeping preferences. But, we don’t live in an ideal world and so you have to make the most of what you have and make some adjustments to make your sleeping environment as close to as is possible to an ideal one.
The following ways should help you to improve the quality of your sleep when sleeping with your partner.
1. Communication is the Key
It is quite obvious that communication is the key for any relationship to work. But, we tend to overlook this key ingredient for a healthy relationship. If you are struggling to have a good quality sleep due to some sleeping habits of your partner, you should have an honest discussion about it with your partner. Don’t keep it bottled up, talk to your partner, and reach a workable solution for getting good quality sleep.
2. Maintain Same Bedtime and Wakeup Time
With modern fast moving life, we try to complete as many tasks as possible very quickly. It is always going to be difficult for both the partners to have the same work schedule, which is going to affect your sleep schedule as well. You and your partner should try to maintain the same bedtime and wakeup time regularly, although it is going tough to do it daily. If you can reduce the number of days when you cannot maintain, that is going to be better for getting good quality sleep. It should also allow you to have a more intimate time with your partner.
3. Confront Snoring
A snoring partner is another worry that needs to be tackled for having a good quality sleep. If your partner snores, then you need to start using ear-plugs as a short-term solution. However, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea and your partner needs to consult a doctor.
4. Have an Ideal Sleep Environment
If you run a bit hot during the night and your partner a bit cold or vice-versa, depending on your respective body chemistry and metabolism, it can be an issue for good quality sleep. You and your partner may disagree on what is the preferred level of thermostat setting for maintaining room temperature at a comfortable level. You and your partner need to have a cooling pad or heated blanket for keeping your respective bodies at the preferred temperature.
You should invest in a good mattress for your good quality sleep, good health, and a healthy relationship. As per some studies, around 28 percent of couples say that their mattress is a source of poor sleep. If your partner is a mover during sleep or has restless legs, you need to invest in a new mattress that supports low motion transferability to reduce its impact on your sleep. You and your partner may find it difficult on a mattress at the same firmness level. You should buy a mattress that can be adjusted to have two different firmness levels on each side to help you and your partner to sleep well.
5. Schedule Time for Sex
If your schedules are impacting your sex lives, it is not good for your relationship. It is going to be a reason for the increase in stress levels and poor quality of sleep. You should schedule a time for sex to help you maintain a healthy relationship and improve your quality of sleep.
According to some studies, only around 30% of adults sleep alone, so it is imperative that both the partners respect the sleeping habits of each other and help each other to achieve the goal of getting good quality sleep regularly. Any hiccups for one of the partners are going to put a strain on the relationship.