There are plenty of reasons couples sleep in separate beds. Although sometimes couples sleep apart because of relationship trouble, they might also be sleeping separately for convenience. Maybe their sleeping styles don’t mesh — one sleep talks or tosses and turns, or one wakes easily — or maybe their sleep schedules don’t align.
But there’s one reason that tops the list for why couples stop sleeping in the same bed: Snoring. This condition affects around 90 million adults, and can seriously disrupt the sleep of anyone sharing a bed with the snorer. In fact, particularly loud snorers can even get loud enough to violate OSHA restrictions!
Snoring Doesn’t Have to Hurt Your Relationship
We’re socialized to expect that couples should sleep together in the same bed, but sleeping in separate beds doesn’t have to be the death knell of a relationship. Some people value their personal space enough that having their own space for sleeping is important. And there are no rules saying that you have to have a consistent sleeping arrangement — you can mix it up depending on the night.
Medical professionals note that skin-to-skin contact is extremely important to humans. It reduces stress levels, helps with anxiety, and even strengthens the immune system. But that contact doesn’t have to happen in bed at night. Just make sure that if you’re not getting that skin-to-skin contact while you snooze, that you get it during waking hours.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that the sleeping decision you make is right for both partners.
No Sleeping Arrangement Will Solve the Snoring Problem
Unfortunately, while snoring doesn’t have to be a problem for your love life, it’s still a health problem. Snoring is a common hallmark of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes a sleeper to stop breathing for up to a minute. These breathing interruptions can happen hundreds of times per night without the sleeper being aware. The sleep deprivation and lowered oxygen levels that sleep apnea can cause can increase risk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, and more.
Studies even show that the louder the snoring, the worse the sleep apnea. So what’s the solution? If your snoring is caused by sleep apnea, then sleep apnea treatment can kill two birds with one stone. Your dentist can offer sleep apnea treatments that are nonsurgical, comfortable, and effective.
Snoring doesn’t have to end your relationship… but why sleep apart when you can solve the snoring and snuggle up, instead? Contact Dr. Rod Strober at (619) 299-5925 or online to learn how sleep apnea treatment can help you — and your partner! — sleep in peace.