Coping With Couples' Different Sleep Needs
If you're not sleeping well with your bed partner, you are not alone. But it doesn't have to be long-term problem. These tips should help.
By Michael Breus
Reviewed By Stuart Meyers
Ah, sweet sleep for our addled brains. If only love would conquer all -- including sleep problems.
Couples spend nearly one-third of their lives sleeping together, or at least trying to. With different sleep needs, preferences, and problems, it can be as much work trying to get a good night's sleep together as it is getting through our waking hours. And a poor night's rest bodes ill for happy faces in the morning and throughout the day.
If you're not sleeping well with your bed partner, you are not alone. It's a big problem. A National Sleep Foundation Survey found:
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