Shot of a young woman covering her ears with a pillow while her husband snoresYou might already know the answer to this question, but need some extra validation that you’re not just making this up. Chances are, if you are reading this article and you’re one of the seven in 10 Americans who share a bed at night—then the partner you’re sleeping next to has probably been impacting your sleep quality one way or another.

Once in a blue moon it might not be a big deal. But once the sleep problems or habits of your partner start to negatively impact your health and wellbeing, then there’s trouble on the horizon. Not only for you, but also for the relationship. As this Ohio State University study shows, a lack of sleep can be detrimental for relationships.

There’s plenty of possible explanations behind why your partner is interrupting your zzz’s – and they may not even be fully aware of it. Keep in mind that getting good sleep, like every other aspect of a healthy relationship, needs to be a joint, collaborative effort.

To help you both get the sleep you need, we’ve outlined the ways that a partner may be disrupting your sleep patterns and possible solutions for how to both wake up on the right side of the bed.

5 ways your partner may be ruining your sleep

Your action plan to getting better sleep – together and apart

Remember that you’re in this together. It’s important to have a positive mindset, stay patient, and focus on compromising when necessary—as long as the outcome is mutually beneficial. Here are some steps you can take individually and as a couple to improve your sleep for the better.

Happy sleep → happy partner → happy relationship

Sleep plays an important role in our lives and how satisfied we are in our relationships. Making changes in your sleep routine to make your partner happy while ensuring you also get the sleep you need will make everything a lot easier.