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You and your partner are compatible in every way – well almost every way. When you’re out of the bedroom, things are great. In the bedroom, though it’s a different story. If you and your partner have different sleep styles, I can negatively affect your quality of sleep and your relationship.

Cuddling with your partner is a great way to connect at the end of a long day, but if you or your partner aren’t sleeping well, it takes a toll on the relationship as well as your quality of sleep. If you want to keep your sleeping hours as happy as your waking hours here are some relationship solutions for behind closed doors:

  • Some like it hot. If you and your partner disagree on the temperature the bedroom should be, that can cause problems. To really get a good night’s sleep, your bedroom should be between 60-65 degrees. If that’s too cold for one of you add an extra blanket to your side of the bed or invest in a dual control electric blanket.
  • Just for kicks. If your partner is restless in bed and kicks you in his or her sleep, this is obviously going to disrupt your sleep. Consider buying a larger mattress so you have enough room as possible.
  • Just lay still. If you or your partner tosses and turns all night long, that could be a sign that your mattress is uncomfortable. If your mattress is more than five years old, it could be time to replace it.
  • Too much noise. If your partner snores, not only does that keep you awake but it could mean that he or she has a serious sleep health problem. Look into alternative treatments like, nasal strips to keep your airways open or anti-snoring pillows. If that doesn’t help, you might want to think about talking with your doctor as your partner could be suffering from sleep apnea or any number of other sleep disorders. A trip to a sleep specialist might also be in order to address sleep problems.
  • I need some space. If your partner is a cuddler and you only want to hug your pillow or the side of the bed, compromise. Cuddle before you fall asleep but move to your own sides after a while.
  • Night owl versus early bird. If your sleep schedules don’t match, that may or may not pose a problem other than you might be disturbed when your partner comes to bed if you’ve already been in there for a while. To address this difference, it’s typically a matter of being considerate of the partner who’s still in bed.
  • Sleep and sex only. Your bedroom should be used for these two purposes, exclusively. Even if your house or apartment isn’t large enough to accommodate a separate space for your laptop or work space, you need to remove all vestiges of the workday from the bedroom before you turn in. Having electronics in your bedroom keeps the brain stimulated and is not conducive to a good night’s sleep.

If you and your partner try to incorporate some of these changes to make your sleep time more productive, and still find you can’t sleep or if your partner snores a lot, you might want to consider a sleep study.

Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients.  Their Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists consist of experienced and knowledgeable physicians who provide expert advice across a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems.  They accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare.  For more information contact Lauri Leadley at 480-830-3900; http://www.valleysleepcenter.com

Client Reviews

"I recommend them highly!! I took my 2 year old daughter for a sleep study and was very impressed. Our sleep technician was amazing with her, very patient and kind. The DVD we brought to watch while getting her hooked up got stuck in the TV and they vowed to return it. We got a call the next day checking on our daughter and saying how sweet she was, they mentioned the DVD. Several days later, we received the DVD plus a new copy of the Lion King with a nice note. They are very good at what they do and if they can make a 2 year old feel at ease, they can probably do the same with anyone!!"

Anthea S.

Tempe, AZ

"Great staff, they make you feel so at home. Every medical facility should be this nice. Felt like a nice hotel. Someone has great taste in decorating. Thanks for making us feel at home."

Steve N.

San Diego, CA

"I was especially impressed with Andrew the Respiratory Therapist who reviewed my study with me and answered my questions. Andrew thoroughly explained everything about the Cpap machine-from start to finish. I never felt rushed and was assured I could contact him with any additional questions or needs. Andrew told me he would follow up with a call in a week and he did. I believe this center performed the study appropriately and the added benefit of having Andrew teach me about the machine and what to expect was a bonus."

Candace M.

Scottsdale, AZ