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Problems in the bedroom are one of the leading causes of arguments in a marriage – that is, if your partner’s sleeping habits keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. You’ll be left feeling grumpy and ready for an argument in the morning.

The problem is that we don’t really know what we do when we’re sleeping, which means we could be committing a host of sins without even realising it. Whether it be snoring, hogging the covers, talking in your sleep and even taking up more than your half of the bed – if you have bad sleeping habits then you will affect how well your partner sleeps during the night.

Couple sleepingWe all need 6-8 hours of good quality sleep every night. During this time your brain recalibrates itself and prepares itself for the next day, whether that’s to be ready for school, work or even looking after the kids. Without this sleep you will be left to wake up feeling groggy, annoyed and your brain will find it difficult to cope with the challenges that your day brings. It’s little wonder then that, after several days of bad night’s sleeping, that you start to feel resentful towards your partner.

So how do you fix some bad sleeping habits? Well first of all you need to find out what you’re guilty of. A great starting point is to actually sit down with your partner and discuss issues that you both have with each other during the night. From there you can both look at solutions to your sleeping habits – something that your marriage will more than thank you for. You might be surprised at just how easy you can both make changes to improve both your sleeping habits.

One of the most common issues reported by couples is snoring. It’s loud, annoying and really will make it harder for you partner to get to sleep. But as snoring is such a common problem, there are a lot of products on the market to help such as snoring pads and even Bluetooth USB devices that will gently wake you if you start to snore – over time this is thought to retrain you to not snore. Even something as simple as losing weight and avoiding alcohol can alleviate snoring.

When it comes to those of us that steal covers and hog the bed, again there are some very simple ways to improve your habits. For the starfishers amongst us, why not consider getting a bigger bed? In a small double you might annoy your partner, but in a king or even a super king bed you will easily be able to stretch out without annoying your partner. You could also consider getting a memory foam mattress as with the extra support it provides it makes the perfect mattress for couples. This is because a memory foam mattress absorbs movement, so if your partner likes to stretch you won’t be disturbed by it.

Again, the cover stealer also has a simple solution, much like the bed hog. All you need to do is buy a bigger quilt or some throws. There’s no reason why a double bed can’t have a king-sized quilt on it if it helps you both sleep better.

The main thing to keep in mind when sleeping beside someone is that you both want a good night’s sleep and that communication is key. After-all, the sleep conversation is something that will benefit you both. 

It might be that you need to discuss the merits of a new bed. After all, the basis of a good night’s sleep is down to the comfort of your bed. A comfortable bed will undoubtedly improve your sleep. Having the wrong bed will almost certainly cause disruption to your sleep. Likewise, an old sagging mattress will leave you waking with aches and pains.

But with such a wide range of beds and mattresses to choose from, where do you begin?

The following pointers should leave you in good stead for a bed buying trip.

1. Always spend as much as you can when buying a bed. Remember you spend an average of 7 hours a day using it. If you base this on a £1000 Hypnos bed that is guaranteed for 10 years, it works out at just 27p per night. You’d think nothing of spending that on a sofa that your guests would see, but when it comes to a bed that’s hidden anyway, some want to spend as little as possible.

2. We always urge our customers to try before they buy. If you are reasonably local to our showroom in Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0AD, pay us a visit. It really will be worth your while. Ordering a mattress blind can be a very costly mistake. We can’t guarantee comfort, so do find somewhere to try before buying.

3. Comfort and support are critical. Make sure the new mattress conforms to your body’s contours. Manufacturers like Hypnos will make double and king size mattresses with dual tensions, ensuring the perfect support both people.

4. We call it Old Mother Hubbard syndrome. Don’t leave it until the cupboard is bare. The same applies to buying a new bed or mattress. Don’t leave it until your sleep is so disturbed that you are tearing your hair out. Tolerating a loose or squeaky spring is the wrong thing to do.

Armed with this information you should be ready to start your research. If you need any help, please call us on 01273 857388. We’ll be pleased to help you.