Do you have trouble sleeping at night? You’re not alone. Approximately 85% of people report having problems falling asleep when it’s time for bed, women more so than men.
While there are a variety of factors that can cause this problem (money worries, stress, problems in the workplace, etc.), what if you’re sharing the bed with a significant other? Some claim that they have trouble sleeping with another individual because they are disrupted by the other’s restlessness.
If you’re having the same issue with your special someone, there are a variety of creative strategies that you can implement to make your slumber together more peaceful.
Recently, more couples are claiming to be happier with what can be commonly referred to as “sleep divorce”.
In other words, sleeping in separate beds, even separate rooms from your partner. About 30-40% of couples have tried sleeping in separate beds to make their sleep more restful. While the nickname for this phenomenon sounds more ominous than it actually is for some couples, when you’re sleeping separately, you could also be missing out on some awesome health benefits.
"63% of couples sleep most of the night separated"
Scientists have found that sleeping with your partner could be a reason why people who are involved in close relationships tend to be healthier and live longer compared to those who are single or are not in a long-term relationship.
Studies have shown that sleeping with your partner and creating that sense of closeness and security improves your health in a variety of ways. Not only does it help reduce your cortisol levels, otherwise known as your stress hormone, it can also boost oxytocin levels, which helps ease anxiety and reduce cytokines, which can cause inflammation. Dr. Troxel, an assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, states, "the psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner”.
So if you’re having issues falling asleep with your partner by your side, how do you make sleeping together easier? In general, try improving your personal sleep habits before bed- don’t eat huge meals close to bedtime, and shut down electronics about an hour before you fall asleep. If these are rules that you already follow to help yourself fall asleep but you are still having issues, your main problem might lie somewhere else (pun intended).
Studies show that 43% of couples disagree on their sleep temperature, a problem with an easier solution than you might think.
Ideal Sleep Temperature
Let’s say you prefer to sleep at warmer temperatures while your partner prefers to sleep cooler at night. Sure, you could spend money cranking up the air conditioning while you layer on blankets and sweatshirts until you’re comfortable. Most sleep experts agree that room temperature can play a role. The ideal room temperature for sleep is between 60 and 68 degrees.
Or, if sleeping separately is something you want to try, you could spend more money on two beds and find the space for each person to sleep, but again, we’ve already covered the benefits of sharing your sleeping space. What some may not know is that there are products on the market that can help create an amicable sleeping environment, while also saving you money in the long run.
Cooling Mattress Pads
This mattress pad comes with a dual zone control system, so you and your partner can comfortably choose your preferred sleep temperature, without affecting the other person.
Resource: Why Do I Get So Hot When I Sleep
If you both agree on sleep temperature, the cooling bed systems also have the potential to save money. Using the same amount of energy as one light bulb, you won’t have to worry about outrageous heating or cooling bills while you try to find your perfect temperature!
We at Chilisleep feel that it’s important to invest in your rest, and with our products, we are dedicated to helping you get your best sleep yet. There’s only one thing that should keep couples up at night, and it isn’t arguing over bed temperature.