Consumer Tips



Better Sleep Tips for the
Uncomfortable Couple
By Pete Bils

(ARA) - Learning to live with a mate’s habits is a rough road for many couples. Leaving the toilet seat up or not capping the toothpaste may fuel heated arguments, but most couples ultimately find a compromise. Yet what if the problem literally leaves you sleepless?

Many couples have a difficult time sleeping well on the same bed and efforts to compromise often threaten the quality of their sleep. According to the Better Sleep Council, 37 percent of both men and women say their spouse is more comfortable sleeping on their bed than they are. Furthermore, one in four couples reports they would sleep better if they did not sleep in the same bed.

Creating the ideal sleep environment is key to achieving a better night’s sleep. The first step is to stop compromising and start personalizing. Here are several ways to personalize your sleep environment:

* Control the temperature. Experts agree that the body sleeps best when its temperature is cool and advise that the thermostat be set between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. A room warmer than 75 degrees or below 54 degrees will awaken most sleepers. If your partner is too warm or too cold, try specialty bedding to compensate. A dual-weight comforter or a dual-zoned heated mattress pad may be the solution.

* Select a comfortable mattress. If you can’t agree on how firm or how soft a mattress should be, try a bed that allows each of you to adjust “your side” to whatever firmness you prefer. One solution is The Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort. The dual-adjustable air chambers at the heart of the mattress allow each person to choose the ideal firmness of their side of the mattress, without affecting their partner’s choice.

* Reduce tension. Make the bedroom a stress-free zone by reserving the bedroom for sleep. Use other areas of your home for activities like office work, paying the bills and watching television, so your body will start to associate the bedroom with falling asleep.

* Mask noise. Sudden changes in noise levels will cause you to awaken. If your home is near an airport, train or highway, try screening the noise with a fan or “white noise” machine.

For more information about more information about getting a better night's sleep, visit www.selectcomfort.com.

Courtesy of ARA Content




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