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Why Your Bed Partner is Ruining Your Sleep

Sharing your bed with that special someone (human or furry friend) seems great in theory, but many bed partners have a few irritating habits that are keeping you from getting the optimal amount of zzz’s.

Public enemy number one is the snooze button. If your bed partner is constantly hitting snooze (just five more minutes!) then both of you are being negatively affected by interrupted sleep. Your lengthier REM cycles occur in the morning so constant disruption may make you feel more tired than getting up right when your alarm goes off. Instead of hitting snooze, determine when you actually get up and set your alarm for that time. The extra half hour of uninterrupted sleep will be better then hitting the snooze repeatedly. If you and your bed partner get up at different times, that’s fine, just don’t fall back into the snooze button habit.

If your bed partner snores, that habit can be more than just disruptive. It may signal a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, so if the snoring doesn’t get better after some lifestyle adjustments (losing weight and side sleeping), make an appointment with a sleep specialist to rule out any sleep disorders.

Turn off your phone already! The blue light from your phone signals your brain that it’s time to be alert, which of course is the opposite of what you want if you’re about to go to sleep.

Give Spike his own bed. Pets tend to move around a lot during the night, which can be very disruptive to your sleep. They also drag in allergens like dust, pollen and dander, which can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Plus who knows what else Spike has been rolling around in during the day.