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How Relationships Can Affect Sleep

Madison Troxler September 16, 2016 0 comments 0

[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]I[/su_dropcap]f you share a sleeping space with your partner, it may say something about your quality of sleep. That blanket stealer/cuddle buddy can both help and harm your sleep. However, it’s up to you to decide if sacrificing your comfort is worth having that special someone sleep next to you. Here’s some research that might help.

According to, sleeping with someone causes 50 % more issues at night than sleeping by yourself. Blanket stealing, snoring, movement, and temperature fluctuations are among the many disturbances that can occur during the night. Not only does this hurt your sleep, but it can also hurt your relationships. Most couples’ arguments stem from sleep disturbances, according to medical daily. You might wake up more often during the night than you would if you were sleeping solo.


Unfortunately, some experts say that sleeping alone can leave you feeling less secure. As such, falling asleep is easier for couples who are sleeping next to someone who makes them feel safe. A professor at the University of Pittsburg, Wendy Troxel, says that “the psychological benefits we get having closeness at night trump the objective costs of sleeping with a partner.”

Finally, researchers say that relationship problems can be the cause of disturbed sleep. So, it’s up to you both to work out these issues and compromise on certain bedtime routines. Ultimately, sleeping alongside your partner, in many cases, is more beneficial than sleeping separately. So, try using separate blankets and appreciating your partner for providing that extra sense of security at night; it could improve your relationship and quality of sleep.

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