Sleep Better, Despite Your Better Half

(ARA) – Four out of five people with sleeping partners can point to at least one thing their partner does that prevents them from sleeping, according to a survey conducted by Select Comfort and Radisson Hotels & Resorts. Room temperature is the hardest issue to compromise on, the survey says. So if you routinely don wool socks and long underwear to bed while your mate is overheating under the down comforter, you are not alone.

“Many individuals have a difficult time getting a restorative night’s sleep, but when two people with different sleeping preferences try to sleep in the same bed, it can be doubly difficult,” says Pete Bils, senior director of Sleep Innovation, and chair of the Sleep Advisory Board at Select Comfort.

What do sleep partners do that makes it hard to catch some ZZZs? The leading culprit is snoring (52 percent), followed by stealing covers (26 percent), and tossing and turning (25 percent), according to the survey. Their partner’s hogging the bed affects sleep for 19 percent, while cuddling too closely and sleep-talking is chosen by around one in 10 (12 percent and 9 percent respectively). In addition, not all couples agree on a mattress preference: 18 percent say their partner likes a firmer mattress, and 15 percent say their partner likes a softer mattress.

Stop Compromising, Get Better Sleep

Compromising on comfort when it comes to beds and bedding usually means that nobody sleeps well. Here are three practical steps to help you, and your mate, get a better night’s sleep.

1. Solve Temperature Battles

Instead of arguing about the appropriate sleeping temperature, choose bedding that will accommodate both you and your partner. For instance, Select Comfort offers a Dual Warmth Comforter designed with a lightweight side for the sleeper who prefers less warmth, and a heavyweight side for sleepers who prefer more warmth. A Dual Heated Mattress Pad features temperature controls for each side of the bed and is perfect for the couple that disagrees on bedding warmth.

2. Find a Mattress You Both Love

If you can’t agree on a mattress, choose a mattress that can be firm, soft or anywhere in between. Each side of The Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort can be individually adjusted to the precise comfort level each partner prefers – their Sleep Number.

3. Ditch the Matching Pillows

Your pillow should naturally place your head, neck and shoulders in a proper posture — closely matching a proper standing/sitting posture — for a straight spine and head position. And, one of the most important characteristics of a pillow is its ability to fit your unique contours. One quick and easy way to pinpoint the perfect pillow is to have a custom pillow fitting. Select Comfort stores offer complimentary PillowFit Profiles to determine the best pillow option for your body type.

4. Consult the Experts

If you need further sleep advice, visit and submit a question to the Select Comfort Sleep Advisory Board, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists with expertise in the relationship between sleep and health. Its mission is to provide guidance on issues related to the science and practice of better sleep.

Courtesy of ARA Content