Relationships and Sleep
Feb 24th, 2020 •
Relationships are all about compromise, but your quality sleep is one thing you shouldn’t settle on.
Sharing a bed with a partner may not always be the romantic fantasy you dreamed about. Instead of cozy night’s filled with cuddling, you may be facing trouble sleeping due to your partner snoring, kicking, talking, sleepwalking, overheating the bed, or staying up to watch TV.
Sharing a sleep space can be complicated, and it can even take a toll on your relationship. We’ll address all issues couples face in the bedroom ranging from sharing the bed to maintaining intimacy to your satisfaction in your relationship.
In the romance movies you sleep couples peacefully cuddling to sleep and waking up happily in each other’s arms. In reality, you may be dealing with a long list of annoyances from sleeping with your partner.
Maybe in the beginning it was all roses and butterflies, but now it’s a nightmare. After endless sleepless nights from your partner’s sleeping habits, there’s bound to be some tension in your relationship, not to mention irritability and emotional instability as an effect of sleep deprivation.
Other complications can also get in the way of a restful night’s sleep with your partner. How do you overcome the embarrassment of morning breath, snoring, or other not-so-pretty realities of sleeping with a new partner? How do you get good sleep when your partner needs a CPAP machine for sleep apnea? What if you work different shifts and sleep on different schedules? Should you get a sleep divorce?
We’ll help you navigate through all stages of sharing a sleeping space with a partner in our resources below.
How Long Does it Take to Get Comfortable Sleeping with a Partner?
At what point in a relationship are people comfortable spending the night with a significant other? We surveyed 1,000 people to find out.
Managing Differing Sleep Schedules in a Relationship
We surveyed 1,001 people in romantic relationships to learn how matching (or mismatching) sleep schedules, habits, and preferences affect everything from relationship satisfaction to sexual activity.
Should You Get a Sleep Divorce?
Are you and your partner having difficulties sharing a bed? A sleep divorce can offer a quick fix for sleep troubles, but it might not be the best choice for your relationship.
We can’t talk about relationships in the bedroom without touching on intimacy!
The relationship between sleep and sex is a deep connection that goes both ways. Sleep is a key factor in hormone regulation in the body, so without sleep you won’t be energized for sexual activity and if your hormones are unregulated you may even experience a reduced sex drive.
On the other hand, sex may even be able to help you sleep, especially if you achieve orgasm. During sex, your body releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your body relax and can ultimately help you fall asleep.
Check out our resources below to learn more about the connection between sex and sleep.
Sleep and Sex
Have you ever wondered if sex leads to better sleep? Maybe you suspect losing sleep negatively impacts your sex drive. With the help of Dr. Laurie Mintxz, we've answered all your burning questions about sleep and sex.
Can Sex Help You Sleep Better?
Learn how sex can be a natural sleep aid to help you fall asleep and stay asleep longer.
Would You Give Up Sleep for More Sex?
How much sleep do people give up for sex? We surveyed over 1,000 people to find out.
Navigating One-Night Stands
Read our survey on the frequency of one-night stands and the emotions and anxieties associated with them.
Does Morning Sex Boost Productivity?
We surveyed nearly 1,000 people in a relationship and asked them if morning routines (including having sex) made them feel more productive.
It hasn’t always been this way, but in today’s culture, sleeping with your partner in the same bed at night is emblematic of a happy relationship.
If you start having issues in the bedroom, that can start to affect your satisfaction in all parts of your relationship. And if your bedroom issues grow so severe that you have to enter a sleep divorce and sleep separately, that may harm your relationship even further.
Making sure you are your partner both get great sleep and trying to find a way to do so together in the same bed can be more complicated than you expect. But for the sake of your relationship and your sleep health… it’s worth it.
Learn more about the intricacies between your sleep and relationship satisfaction in our resources below.
Sleep and Relationship Satisfaction
We surveyed 1,000 Americans to learn how sleep affects relationship satisfaction. We studied couple's sleep quality, sex lives, and relationship satisfaction to understand the link between successfully sharing a bed and staying happy with a partner.
Never Go to Bed Angry
We surveyed 1,013 people in a serious relationship to determine how they handled disagreements that remained unresolved at bedtime.
What Does Sleeping with Your Pet Say About Your Romantic Relationships?
Does co-sleeping with your pets have an impact on romantic relationships? If you let your pet crawl under the covers with you, are you more likely to get hurt in a relationship or more likely to be the one to break it off? Read on to find out.
Why Is It Hard to Sleep After a Breakup?
Breakups are rarely easy: coping with a broken heart and new life circumstances. This is especially true at night. Why is it hard to sleep after a breakup?