Because sleep impacts your problem-solving abilities, it’s fairly clear that a lack of sleep could have a negative impact on your relationships. So what do you do if your partner’s snoring is keeping you awake? Many couples today are considering sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Healthy sleep creates happy relationships, and separate beds could be the key to calmer and more joyful interaction with your significant other. If you choose to get separate beds, or even separate bedrooms, because of your partner’s snoring or any other sleep disturbances caused by sharing a bed, you might in fact be saving your relationship. A 2005 study by Dr Neil Stanley showed that a third of your sleep disturbances are caused by the person you share a bed with.
How does my partner’s snoring impact my sleep?
If you’re not getting enough sleep at night night you may find that it is difficult to focus during the day which can lead to daytime fatigue and irritability. According to WebMD, the lack of sleep can have these results:
- Potential accidents at work and while behind the wheel of your vehicle.
- Slows down cognitive processes, such as attention, alertness, concentration and problem solving.
- Affects memory process in the brain.
- Puts you at risk of heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
- Lowers your libido.
- Contribute to symptoms of depression.
- Lead to lackluster skin, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.
- Makes you forgetful.
- Increases appetite.
- Doubles risk of death from all causes (5 hours per night sleep).
- Can impair judgement.
Look at the list above and ask yourself this question: Am I suffering from half or more of these? If you are, the daily stresses of work and family life, could become challenging.
Partner sleep disturbances can be caused by any number of reasons, including different sleep schedules and restless sleep patterns. If you think your sleep disturbance is caused by your partner’s restlessness and you’re not yet ready to explore sleeping in separate beds, you could invest in a mattress that minimises partner sleep disturbances, like the Sealy Posturepedic range, which has pressure relieving technology to help isolate movement from a partner.
What is causing my partner’s snoring?
Snoring can be triggered by several things, such as weight, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, or the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses. Sleep apnea is also a major cause of snoring.
These remedies could help with your partner’s snoring:
- Suggest they sleep on their side.
- Raise up the head of the bed.
- Try nasal strips.
- Avoid sedatives before bed.
If the problem is due to obstructive sleep apnea, using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine will help. Always seek the advice of a medical professional when looking for solutions for your partner’s snoring.
Other environmental concerns may be that your mattress needs replaced or is too soft or hard for your body type. A poorly maintained mattress could have a lot of dust mites. Clean your mattress as per the instructions on the warranty card you would have received on the mattress and prolong the life of your mattress with a Sealy mattress protector.