Men, women & sleep – all is fair in love and war
Sharing a bed with a partner can be as fulfilling as it is challenging. It’s comforting to reach for someone in the middle of the night and be rewarded with a warm snuggle. But if your sleep schedules differ, chaos can quickly come between you and a good night’s sleep. Night owls who share a bed with early risers struggle to marry their sleep schedules. And if you have erratic sleep patterns, snore or suffer from a sleep disorder and your partner doesn’t, you’ll both suffer.
But do men sleep differently than women? And if they do, is it possible to find peace for both? We believe tired and grumpy can’t possibly lead to a happy relationship – no matter what kind of mattress you sleep on.
We’ve trolled the Internet in search of wisdom to help you and your partner sleep better – together. You can thank us by getting the sleep you need to make you happy. You’re welcome…
Sleep & the battle of the sexes
Arianna Huffington says sleep is the next feminist issue, stating that lack of sleep affects a woman’s judgment, creativity and ability to realize her full potential. Men could argue that they suffer from sleep deprivation too and are more prone to sleep apnea at a younger age. But women have different struggles than men as they progress through monthly hormonal fluctuations as well as the hormonal challenges of pregnancy and menopause. Read more on our SleepBlog.
Do women and men really sleep differently? Women take longer to fall asleep. They report feeling more sleepiness. They have an increased risk of insomnia. And they even spend more time in deep sleep, compared to men. But the understanding of why sex differences in sleep exist — and how these differences may affect treatment — lags far behind, according to a new report from the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR). Read more on HuffPost Healthy Living.
Does how you sleep say anything about your relationship? Your sleeping habits are a great way to gauge how well your relationship is going? According to a recent study by the University of Hertfordshire, a direct correlation exists between physical and emotional intimacy – 94% of couples who touch while sleeping said they were happy, while only 68 % of couples who didn’t touch while snoozing expressed being satisfied with their relationship. Read more on YourTango.com.
Could sleep be the secret to a long-term, loving relationship? Sleep can pose a number of challenges to relationships. Poor sleep can make for difficult sleeping conditions for couples. The tossing and turning of insomnia and the noisy, disrupted sleep of snoring and sleep apnea don’t just diminish the quality of sleep for the individuals with the disorder. They also rob partners of restful sleep. Night owls and larks who share a bed may also have difficulty marrying their sleep schedules. If you’re an early-to-bed, early-to-rise type, having a partner who likes to read or watch television late into the night can interfere with sleep. A new study suggests that poor sleep may contribute to a lack of appreciation between romantic partners. Read more on PsychologyToday.com.
Is there a couple’s handbook for sleeping together? Is two a crowd? Sleeping in a pose that lets you both stay comfortable and also allows for body contact helps strengthen your bond. Try these four sleeping positions, which will let you snuggle up and sleep better all night long. Read more on WomensHealth.com.
We know a new mattress can’t solve all your sleep challenges but if your mattress has seen better days, we’d love to help you find a new one. We’ve been making mattresses for more than 75 years and we know a thing or two about getting a good night’s sleep. Click on our Find a Retailer link and let’s talk.