This Valentine’s Day, forget the flowers, chocolate, and wine. If you want your relationship to thrive, think about giving the gift of a good night’s sleep.  Whether you are newlyweds, or you’ve been married for years, getting restful sleep should be a priority. Sharing a bed isn’t always easy, and some common issues can arise during the night.

Snoring

Love can be blind, but it’s not deaf. Snoring can be a real annoyance that is affecting your relationship. In addition to hurting your love life, snoring also can harm your health. Snoring is a common sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder characterized by episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep, which leads to regular nighttime awakenings and linked to many health problems. Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk for congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and erectile dysfunction. And the person with sleep apnea isn’t the only one waking up. When the apnea is accompanied by loud snorts and snoring, the bed partner may wake up as often as the person with the actual sleep disorder. So, rather than retreat to separate bedrooms, it’s best to consider being tested for sleep apnea and seek treatment if diagnosed.

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Restless Sleep

If your bed partner tosses and turns all night long. It may be time to upgrade your mattress, pillows, or bedding. Or it could be the result of something more serious such as restless legs syndrome (RLS), a disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs that tends to worsen in the evening when you’re trying to stay still and relax. Restless legs syndrome can begin at any age and generally worsens as you age. Some self-care steps and lifestyle changes may help relieve symptoms. Medication can also help some people with RLS.

Different Temperatures

She’s too hot; he’s too cold. If the temperature in your sleeping environment is too hot or cold, it may affect your body’s internal temperature and cause you to have disrupted sleep. The suggested bedroom temperature should be between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius for optimal rest. When trying to initiate sleep, the body temperature decreases, so the proposed temperatures can help facilitate sleep. But if you can’t agree on a temperature look for some other possible solutions such as breathable sheets and keep extra blankets on hand so that each of you can get some comfort in the night.

Your sleep is crucial to your relationship health and happiness, so hopefully,
these tips can help you get the sleep you need together.

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