It can be tough enough to get a good night’s sleep when you’re single, but when you’re sharing a bed as a married couple, it can be even harder. If you’re having trouble mastering your sleep routine, there are a few things you can do to make things better.
Practice Healthy Sleeping Habits
The first thing to do is get into bed at the same time every night. Our bodies tend to like routine when it comes to sleep. So, if you go to bed at 10 pm every night, your body will start to expect that and be more likely to fall asleep easily. This is easier said than done when you’re married. You may have different work schedules or other commitments that make it difficult to get to bed at the same time every night. However, if you can, try to aim at least for consistency.
Create a Calming Environment
Your sleeping environment can also affect how well you sleep. If your bedroom is cluttered or too bright, it can be harder to fall asleep. Creating a space that is dark, quiet, and cool can help you get the rest you need. As a couple, you may have opposite ideas about what is comfortable. One person may like the room to be cool while the other likes it to be warmer. One person might want a night light, while the other likes it completely dark. Talk to your partner about what would make the space more comfortable for both of you and try to find a compromise.
Invest in Some Good Bedding
Having comfortable sheets and pillows can also make a difference in how well you sleep. If your bed isn’t comfortable, you’re less likely to want to spend time in it. High-quality queen mattresses are an investment but will make sleep for two more inviting and help you get the body support you need. Consider trying a few mattresses out and discuss your opinions with your partner. Finding a mattress that satisfies both of you will help you sleep more comfortably.
Stay Hydrated and Avoid Caffeine
It’s important to encourage each other to stay hydrated throughout the day, but especially before bed. Drinking too much water before you go to sleep, however, can make you have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. So, avoid drinking excessive fluids in the hours leading up to sleep. It’s also best to avoid caffeine before bed as it can stay in your system for up to 8 hours and make it harder to fall asleep.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to improve your sleep health as a new couple. By working together and being mindful of how your habits affect your partner, you can both get the rest you need to feel refreshed and ready to seize the day.