How Does Sleep Affect Your Relationships

Sleep is important to your health and relationships. Couples share a bed as a way to feel connected. However, if one experiences sleeplessness, it may negatively impact their partner’s sleep as well. It is important to bring harmony to the bedroom when it comes to sleep.

The Better Sleep Council reveals that on average, one in three Americans say their sleep partner negatively affects their quality of sleep. Lack of sleep can contribute to marital problems and even lead to separate beds. While sleep deprivation is common with many couples, it is important to address the situation before it becomes a health issue.

A sleep relationship is important to the health and well being of both parties. The sleep environment is a common ground for couples to communicate. Sleep disorders or other factors can catch a partner off guard and keep them wide awake. Sleep between couples may be affected by:

  • The one who snores.

    Snoring can be a symptom of a more serious health issue like sleep apnea. Consult a physician first, then explore the options to monitor, record, and report sleep and snore patterns.  Sleep studies can reveal and uncover potential health risks by how a person snores and how a partner reacts to it.

  • The one who works.

    The bedroom should be used for sex and sleep.  Keep laptops and cell phones out of the bedroom. Electronic distractions keep couples sleep deprived which can lead to arguments, impaired decisions, and unhappy interactions.

  • The one who likes it hot.

    The temperature in the bedroom can leave couples on opposite ends when it comes to a comfortable setting. Compromise is the best solution, agree on a temperature that suits both and use resources like blankets or fans to make adjustments as needed.

  • The one who tosses and turns.

    A restless night for one makes a restless night for all. However, constant movement or an overwhelming urge to move the legs during the night could be a sign of a larger issue like restless leg syndrome.  As partners, discuss what is happening in the sleep environment and address concerns with each other and a physician, if necessary.

A healthy relationship is a well rested relationship. We at Somnology, encourage couples to talk about their sleep habits and find viable options to a good nights sleep for better sleep and relationships. Better yet, study your sleep together.  Learn more about sleep monitoring in your own home.


Better Sleep Council

Sleep Apnea


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