5 Signs You’re Headed Towards Sleep Divorce
Whether you are married or not, a relationship shouldn’t have to include sleeping on the couch, ear plugs, sleeping pills or a glass of wine before bed. But when that relationship includes a snoring partner, you’ll do anything to in effort to get a good night’s sleep.
What is a Sleep Divorce?
A sleep divorce occurs when you or your partner suffer from snoring or sleep apnea and think the only solution is for you to sleep in separate rooms.
Now, not all sleep divorces are created equal. Nearly 1 in 4 couples have reported a better night’s sleep from sleeping separately but the reality is routinely sleeping separately creates a relationship strain that impacts more than just the bedroom. If your night-time routine is headed for splitsville because of snoring, sleep apnea or an ill-fitting CPAP mask, know that there is a simple in-office solution to get you back in bed together for good.
5 Signs You’re Headed for Sleep Divorce
We all know relationships require a lot of work, but the irritability, detachment and uphill battle that comes with a lack of sleep, takes an even larger toll. Here are five signs you’re headed for a sleep divorce:
1. Bedtime gives you anxiety.
If you find yourself piling up the to-dos of watching just one more episode to your favorite nightly binge-watching series, you may be subconsciously avoiding heading to bed. On the other hand, if it’s a race to for you or your partner to fall asleep first, you may be avoiding a larger conversation about the elephant in the room.
2. You own stock in ear plugs.
Wearing ear plugs to bed is one way to drown out a snoring partner. However, according to Medical News Today, there may be some risk involved. At ADVENT, we’d recommend a more permanent approach to lowering the snore volume.
3. Your medicine cabinet is filled with nasal sprays and sleeping pills.
The pharmacy aisle is filled with hundreds of temporary fixes for stuffy noses and sleepless nights. While pills and sprays temporarily put you at ease, they come with a cost. Side effects of common over-the-counter pills and sprays include: headaches, vomiting, nosebleeds, dizziness and drowsy driving, not to mention the toll they take on your pocket book.
4. You depend on a night cap.
According to Livescience.com, drinking alcohol acts as a light-switch dimmer in the brain, inducing relaxation and sedation, so its no wonder a night cap helps ease you into a sleep. However, long-term reliance on late-night libations can cause increased risks of heart disease and cancer, and at a minimum, prompt daily fatigue.
5. You're layering on the noise.
Adding noise to drown out your partner’s snoring is probably one of the safest ways to help achieve a good night’s rest. However, leaving the TV on is up for debate. Self.com notes that the light and inconsistency in noise could have an adverse effect on the quality of your sleep.