Is your other half sending you psycho in his sleep? Have you considered sleeping in separate beds?
Ever fantasised about killing your partner in their sleep? We know we have… Don’t get us wrong, in daylight hours, we love them dearly, but sleep deprivation can do funny things to your brain, and if suffocating our partners with a pillow is all it would take to drown out that awful blocked drain noise, it’s very tempting. And we suspect we’re not alone.
Is it the easy answer?
A survey found that 19% of respondents had thought about breaking up with their partners due to snoring, and research also suggests that up to one in five couples choose to sleep in separate beds. Could it be the best way to save your relationship (and his life)? We look at the implications…
You’ll get more sleep…
A whopping 89% of people whose partners snore lose an average of 1.5 hours of sleep per night — so just think how much more rested you’d be if you decamped to separate rooms at lights out time. And snoring isn’t the only thing that could be keeping you awake. Whether it’s their series addiction, late working hours, or his need to sprawl spreadeagled across the mattress, approximately 50% of sleep disturbance is caused by a person’s partner and one third of married couples admit that they sleep better alone.
Read more: 10 ways to get a better night’s sleep
You may even have better sex
Sleeping apart may not sound like the best thing for your sex life, but actually, it could even improve things in that department. More than 1 in 10 couples stated that snoring has had a negative impact on their sex life, either because they’re too tired or they find their snoring partner a turn-off.
It follows that if you’re well-rested and not angry with your partner, you’re more likely to want to have sex with them in the first place. And who says it has to happen in bed at night-time? Sleeping apart could actually spice things up by bringing back a little variety to your sex life. You may even find the mood takes you in the middle of the afternoon… or in the living room!
Read more: How to have better sex TODAY!
Not quite ready to go at it alone?
Try stripping off instead. According to writer Chris Thomson, sleeping naked could improve your sleep and your relationship. Skin-to-skin contact can boost production of oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, which can combat stress and high blood pressure, as well as making you feel closer to your partner. It’s worth a try, right?
Studies also suggest that 25% of couples argue in bed because they are kept awake by their partners — hardly a surprise when you consider most people’s response to an annoying bedmate is a dig in the ribs or a swift kick to the shin. Ask any relationship expert and they’ll tell you that going to sleep on an argument is the worst thing you can do — all that rage won’t just lead to a restless night, it also means you’ll wake up cranky and ready to attack.
Deciding to go at it alone in separate rooms means your bed becomes the haven of peace it should be at night and in the morning, you’ll be pleased to see your partner’s face… rather than wanting to punch him in it!