BBC News reports that
“Don’t be afraid to do something different,”
There is some support for this idea. A 2004 study in the journal Sleep involved 405 married couples; it found that an individual’s sleep problems can have a negative impact on his or her spouse’s health and well being.
But are separate bedrooms the solution? Maybe not; it may avoid the problem instead of solving it.
Last month the Sleep Education Blog reported that people who have a sleep disorder may be unaware of the problem. But the symptoms may be obvious to their bed partner.
People with a sleep disorder may wake their partner at night by snoring or making choking and snorting sounds; they also may grind their teeth, thrash their legs or punch and kick during sleep.
There are effective treatments for these sleep disorders; treatment can help both you and your bed partner sleep better. Get help for your partner’s sleep problem at an AASM-accredited sleep center near you.
These sleep tips for couples also may help you and your bed partner sleep better together.