If improving your sleeping habits made the list of your 2012 resolutions, then let's get to it! There are simple things you should and shouldn't be doing to get some quality shut-eye, but what about the person who sleeps to your right (or left)? Do you ever look at your partner as a roadblock to your sleeping success? If your significant other is interfering with your sleepy time, here are some helpful tips to get you back on track . . . no separate rooms required!
- Some like it hot, some like it cold: If your partner likes to keep the heat cranked throughout the night, while you prefer to keep it at a lower temperature, use scientific evidence to win this battle. Like it or not, room temperature has a significant impact on sleep. To get proper, quality sleep, the body needs to reach an internal temperature of 65 to 72 degrees F. If he (or she) is still set on sweating it out, load up the blankets on their side of the bed and have them wear socks and a sweatshirt to bed.
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- You can turn the lights out: If your partner likes to leave a light on for late-night trips to the loo, remind them that unfortunately a little light can throw off the sleep cycle — even blue light from a digital clock. If this argument doesn't convince them to turn the lights out, try wearing a sleep mask — we like the wraparound design of the Sleep Master sleep mask.
- Put tech toys away: Gadgets — televisions included — should stay out of the bedroom. Watching television, checking emails, or reading articles on websites can disrupt sleeping patterns. The artificial light emitted from these devices suppresses the release of the sleep-producing hormone melatonin. Lay out the facts, then work on making your bedroom a no-electronics zone. And if that doesn't work, you can always resist any cuddle time or spooning until said device is turned off.
- The early bird gets the worm: Maybe you are on different schedules, and one's a night owl and one's an early bird. You want your internal clock to stay on track by waking up and going to bed at the same time every day — even on the weekends. This is easier to do when you and your partner have the same sleep schedules. Try to create a shared bedtime experience that involves a peaceful environment and jumping into bed at the same time. It's not only about the sleep, but it's also about reconnecting with your loved one as the day ends and before another one begins.