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Sharing a bed taking its toll?

If you’re anything like us, you long for the perfect night’s sleep to replenish your batteries and wake up feeling rested and alert, ready to face the day ahead. Most people think they sleep better with a partner, but sometimes different sleep patterns or habits can make this a bit difficult. So, before you order those single beds, why not try some of these suggestions?

SNORING

When it comes to sleep issues, snoring is the most common culprit and probably one of the most annoying! We’ve had a look at various reports and articles and it would seem there are over 15 million snorers in the UK! But that doesn’t mean it should be considered as normal as it can be detrimental to both the snorer and their partner. We also found that twice as many men snore than women, with roughly 40% of men reporting snoring versus 20% of women.

If you do snore it could be due to congestion, so nasal sprays and strips might help or you cold prop a wedge of pillows behind your back to help you breathe better. But it’s more likely to do with sleeping on your back. This can be easily fixed by sleeping on your side, although we know it’s not easy to change your sleeping position and you’ll probably end up on your back again.

If snoring really does become a problem, you may need to see your GP.

GADGETS

No-one wants to snuggle up with a partner who is focused on their phone, tablet, or TV, and in fact some of these omit a blue light which can interfere with melatonin production which interrupts your ability to fall and stay asleep. So however much we all love our tech., it’s probably best to keep them out of arm’s reach or switch them off.

CHOOSING THE 'RIGHT' SIDE OF THE BED

Some couples may argue about which side of the bed they sleep on but even if you’ve always slept on one side it’s possible to break your habit and compromise. It may be worth considering who gets up earliest or needs more trips to the bathroom should be the one sleeping nearest to the door.

DIFFERENT SLEEP RHYTHMS

This is a tough one as sleep patterns can vary from person to person. One of you may be a night-owl and the other likes to go to bed early, or you may have different working hours so have to go to sleep at different times. There might be a couple of easy fixes, for example if you like to read in bed and don’t want to keep your partner awake, you could use a subdued lamp or dim the brightness of your device. If your partner is already asleep, a nightlight should be enough to let you get ready without waking them up. If you have time you could get your clothes ready the night before so you’re not moving around too much in the morning. It’s probably a case of respecting each other’s sleep and making a couple of compromises.

IDEAL TEMPERATURE

Is one of you always hot and the other always cold? Have you ever thought about having two separate single Duvets? This is something many people have been doing in Europe for years and means you can have a different tog, fill and weight to suit you both. The ideal temperature for sleeping is personal, but between 17-19 degrees is about right. It’s probably best to keep the room slightly cooler and the person who feels the cold more can layer up with extra blankets.

NIGHT-TIME VISITORS 

You may love the idea of cuddling up with your child in bed and for many children this makes them feel safe and secure. Night-time snuggles are very cosy, but if you do let your little ones share your sleeping space, don’t expect to always the best quality sleep.

We hope that by following these tips, you and your partner can both have a perfect nights' sleep. If you do need any more help, we hope our article Sharing a bed? will help.

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