15. A disruptive partner
If you have to put up with a partner in your bed who snores, tosses and turns, it can seriously affect your sleep quality. By the time you’ve tried to roll your partner onto his or her side to stop the snoring, it may be difficult to fall asleep again. A partner may even be suffering from sleep apnea without realizing it and you are woken by periodic noises as your partner stops breathing and then starts again.
Another issue can be with temperature. The temperature you feel comfortable with is not comfortable for your partner. Your feet are always cold, but your partner’s are always warm. Perhaps you need to consider separate bedding if you want to share the same bed peacefully. Another problem may be the fact that one partner wants to go to sleep earlier than the other and is disrupted by the other one hitting the hay later and getting up later.
Children also have an impact on your sleep. They have nightmares and get ill. It helps if partners take it, in turn, to attend to the kids. Some find it works to take one night on and one night off whereas others prefer to take shifts through the night. As they get older, children disrupt your sleep lesser and eventually those disrupted nights are a distant memory.
Snoring is one of the most common problems that affect the duration and quality of sleep of partners sharing a bed. Overweight people tend to snore more, and alcohol consumption also increases snoring. Another problem may be the grinding of teeth. A dentist can fit a dental guard to stop the grinding. Research has shown that partners often sleep better when sleeping together than when sleeping alone. However, if your partner’s sleeping habits are preventing you from getting enough sleep, you need to address the issue, or it can have serious implications for your health.