Sleep battleground

Married men and women, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Sharing a bed is no easy task, especially if you’re working with limited space. That queen seemed massive when you were single, however now that you’re married up, only a king will do. And you don’t have it, or you don’t even have the space for it. So most couples enter what we like to call the sleep battleground. This extends from everything to night habits to mattress space to the fight for covers. Here are the things to do so that you can win the battle.

Invest in a good mattress

What does this have to do with winning the battle? Well, the deeper your sleep, the less you and the spouse are going to move around. If you’re dead asleep, who cares if her leg is on your side of the bed? Or if you don’t have enough covers? Studies show that the best way to get a better night’s sleep is to invest in a mattress that provides you both support and comfort. We haven’t seen the statistics, but we’ll bet that there is a strong correlation between the quality of the mattress and the number of fights that couples engage in over the bed situation.

Get an organic mattress

Look, if you’re going to fight anyway, you might as well save the earth while you’re at it. Yay sustainability! Green mattress or tea-infused mattress is fine as well I’d say.

Try to match sleep schedules

This may not be intuitive, but if you go to bed at the same time, you’re going to sync your REM cycles better, and thus not wake each other up when you are getting the best sleep. Couples who match REM cycles definitely share the best sleep experience. Plus it’s more fun to wake up and talk to your spouse, rather than get dressed and sneak out of the room so that you don’t disturb them.

Breath…slowly

This is true for any argument, but get some perspective! Fights over the bed tend to get especially heated because at least one of you didn’t get the sleep that they wanted. This can easily put most in a cranky mood. So do your best to sort these matters out when you’re feeling more refreshed, and not immediately following a terrible night’s sleep.

And at the end of the day, just be grateful that you’re not one of these kids…

The war on stomach sleepers

Medical researchers are out to get you. Well only if you’re a stomach sleeper. Turns out that sleeping on your stomach results in plenty of long-term issues that studies have just uncovered. Stomach sleeping not only increases your chance of snoring, but drastically increases your risk of both upper and lower back pain. And not only that, stomach sleepers get a much worse night’s sleep! So really there’s no advantage to turning over and burying your face in the pillow.

Sleeping on the back or side is much preferred. Sleeping on the back comes with greater risk of snoring and is uncomfortable for some, however it has the best spine alignment, particularly when you’re using a good pillow. Some high-quality mattresses are made for back sleepers, offering them tremendous support, and on occasion offering the ability to adjust for the sleeper to provide perfect support.

The stomach is also a great option for sleep. However you should make sure that your spine is properly aligned on the side. Use pillows to balance your head and keep it straight, and put a pillow between your legs so that your legs aren’t dragging the rest of your back down.

So now we know the best approach, but how are these researchers getting the word out? Well, they’re published their research, and are planning on spending a great deal of time at conferences and speaking with the press. Hopefully the public will listen and fix this small issue that has a big impact on their lives.

Finally, how can we individually make the change? Many people find it much more comfortable to sleep in a certain position, and will have difficulty changing it on a whim, even if backed by scientific evidence. We suggest forcing yourself for a few weeks, and at least starting out in the correct position, even if you fall back to your old habits later in the night.