Sharing a bed at the end of a tiring day is the most romantic act that couples living together look forward to in their relationship. Falling asleep in the arms of your loved ones and waking up to them is the most intimate moment that couples can experience. Moreover, the advent of the pandemic has further allowed everyone to stay home with their loved ones. While sleeping together seems a lot of fun and romantic, the problem arises when your sleeping partner suffers from a sleep disorder.
Studies have stated that poor sleep quality or a disturbed sleep cycle can significantly affect an individual’s overall health, especially emotional health. So, when your sleeping partner is having difficulty sleeping, it will affect you health-wise and the relationship you share with your partner.
A study conducted by the University of California’s researchers included more than sixty couples who stated that insufficient sleep could make an individual less appreciative and engaged with their partner. Besides, the quality of the relationship might also affect the ability to sleep and the overall sleep cycle. Therefore, researchers believe that poor sleep or disturbed sleep cycles can lead to a vicious cycle. Some of the common sleep disorders that individuals mostly experience include obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless legs syndrome.
How Can You Help Your Partner Sleep Better?
Watching your loved one toss and turn every single night can be heartbreaking. Moreover, by now, we already know that chronic lack of quality sleep affects the well-being of your partner and affects your relationship. While your partner suffers from direct consequences, you can also be the victim of some severe indirect effects. These include a wide range of health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, stress, anxiety, depression, weak memory, and decreased cognition (1).
Research shows that poor sleep or loss of sleep can adversely affect the immunity system, making the individual susceptible to various illnesses like cough and cold. Doctors say that quality sleep acts as a natural immunity booster that improves the body’s stress management, mood regulation, and increased focus.
Hence, you must help your partner find practical solutions to their sleep disorder. However, before you approach your partner with potential solutions, it is better to ask them what they would like to try to cope with their sleep disorder. Here are some simple yet effective ways in which you can help your partner sleep better at night.
Encourage them for healthy sleeping behaviors
The best way to make your partner try out positive sleep hygiene techniques or exercises is by offering them consistent support. Sleep disorders like insomnia can make it difficult for the affected individuals to try out anything new.
Therefore, a caring partner can do that wonders with their everyday encouragement. You can even try out some sleep hygiene exercises. These include meditation and reading journals with your partner as a sign of support.
Plan sleep-friendly diners
Heartburn is a common cause of sleep disorder. Hence, you should prevent your partner from consuming foods that can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease. Some of these foods and beverages include carbonated beverages, citrus juices or fruits, onions, garlic, and greasy, fried, or oily meals.
Consuming too much alcohol or too much caffeine can also lead to poor sleep, as demonstrated by several studies (2 ). The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests that the last coffee intake should be at least 6-hours before bedtime and 3-hours in terms of alcohol consumption.
Maintain a similar sleep schedule
In most cases, one partner is a night owl while the other is a lark. It may not seem important initially, but following a similar sleep schedule is vital if you want your partner to get adequate quality sleep. Refrain from following different sleep schedules planning out your routine a week prior.
Moreover, the Sleep Medicine Reviews had reviewed research that reported that partners with varying sleep schedules have a less satisfying marriage than the ones who sleep together at the same time. Make sure that both of you are following the same schedule every day without any exception.
Follow a buffer zone
Keep an hour to yourself and your partner when both of you can prepare yourself for bedtime. This is when you can engage in sleep-inducing routines like meditation, stargazing, painting, drawing, shower, listen or play music, or read a book and say goodbye to your electronics (3).
As a couple, when you follow a buffer zone and create a routine, it not only deepens your connection but it would also help your partner get a good night’s sleep. Nevertheless, prevent your partner from watching the news in the buffer zone to avoid stress and anxiety caused by sensitive news.
Nevertheless, remain patient with your partner. Sleep disorder is not a simple headache that you can treat overnight. It will take time for both you and your partner to navigate your way around this. Sometimes it can get too overwhelming, but following these simple tips can do the trick for you. In case the condition persists, seek professional help.
Sophie is a health enthusiast and believes that natural cures are the best cures. She believes that mother nature has cures for almost all diseases and living life holistically is the way forward.
Along with being a writer, Kajal is a health and wellness coach. It is her life’s mission and passion to spread the message of natural and holistic health.