You 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.