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How to Help Your Partner Get More Sleep

  You’ll both have a better night once you make these changes in the bedroom. Those grumpy grunts and groans that you hear from your significant other when the alarm goes off each morning are clear signs that he or she isn’t getting enough sleep. That’s bad news for you (since no one wants to wake up to a cranky husband or wife!) and bad news for your other half. Not only is sleep deprivation linked to obesity, heart disease, and other health issues, but it may also reduce productivity at work. In addition, lack of sleep negatively affects the area of the brain that’s responsible for creativity. While there are plenty of steps that your spouse…

What Size Bed Should You Choose?

  Whether you like to snuggle or sprawl out, there’s a bed that’s right for both you and your partner. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, comfort is key. That’s true of the sheets that you choose, the pajamas that you wear, and the size of the bed that you snooze in—especially if you sleep with a partner. In fact, your significant other’s sleep issues can impact your own shut-eye, so hitting the hay in an appropriately sized bed is crucial. With some careful consideration, you can pick the one that will best meet your particularneeds. If you really like to cozy up to your partner… A full-size or queen mattress will…

Is Sex Helping or Hurting Your Sleep?

An under-the-covers look at whether getting turned on turns off your ability to fall asleep There are two things that your bedroom is designed for: having sex and sleeping. But that begs the question: How can having sex (an act that is, at its core, meant to be arousing) get you ready for serious shut-eye? It turns out that the two actions go hand in hand. More sex helps you sleep, and more sleep boosts your sex drive. Yes, sex can actually make it easier to fall asleep. This is mostly because of the hormones that are released during the act. Sex boosts oxytocin (a hormone that makes you feel connected to your partner) and lowers…

Sleeping Separately from Your Partner

Is there a return in popularity of the two-bed marriage? In between antics on their I Love Lucy television show, Lucy and Desi showed off a somewhat strange sleeping arrangement for a married couple: They slept in separate beds. While this set-up doesn’t seem normal, it might not be as strange as you think. These days, about 25 percent of married people or those who live with a significant other sleep in separate beds. (And 10 percent are actually catching their zzz’s in separate rooms!) Why? Well, to sleep better! About 26 percent of people say that they get a more restful night’s sleep when they sleep alone, compared with nights when they share their bed…

How Cuddling Affects Your Sleep

To spoon or not to spoon: That is the question when a good night’s sleep is at stake. Falling asleep tucked into the arms of the one you love may sound romantic—but it isn’t always the path to sweet dreams. Sleeping side by side can yield 50 percent more nighttime disturbances than snoozing solo, making it no wonder that nearly one in four American couples sleeps separately, a la I Love Lucy. Even among bed-sharers, only 13 percent cuddle close, while 63 percent sleep without touching their partner. It’s all too easy for the bedroom to become a battlefield for arguments over the temperature, space, the blankets, and even the size of your bed….

How to Share a Bed With Your Partner

Use these helpful solutions so you don’t toss and turn all night. For those of you who may think that sharing a bed with someone isn’t as glamorous as it seems, think again. Sure, there’s the tossing and turning, never-ending blanket wars, temperature struggles, and, of course, who can forget the snoring? But rather than thinking of your bed as a war zone, think about the fact that sleeping with your partner can actually benefit your health and increase the odds of your having a longer lifespan. This is because people tend to feel more secure and safe when in a relationship, decreasing the levels of stress hormones and increasing oxytocin, the love hormone—leading to…