What Your Sleep Positions Say About Your Relationship

When it comes to cohabiting, the bed is probably the trickiest place in the home to share. You meet there every evening and spend the next 7-8 hours side by side. Unless one of you works nights or you sleep in separate bedrooms, that’s the way it is when you’re in a romantic relationship.

If you’re compatible sleeping mates, great. But what if you’re not? A recent study found that sleep and relationship satisfaction go hand in hand. That’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about it, but their findings revealed some interesting facts nonetheless.

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP MAKES FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

We know sleep is important for our physical and mental wellbeing, but did you know it plays a role in your relationship as well? What they discovered after surveying 1000 Americans is that a whopping 96 percent of couples who feel well-rested say they feel satisfied with their current romance.

If you’re not sleeping well, try instituting some bedtime rituals, such as drinking herbal tea, giving yourself a 5-minute massage or taking a hot bath just prior to hitting the hay. If you still find yourself counting sheep, find out your Sleep IQ to see what other improvements you can make.

SLEEP POSITIONS: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE MEH

When it came to favorite sleep positions, men and women were unanimous in their number one choice. Both preferred sleeping on their sides facing away from each other, with a small amount of space between their bodies.

Opinions differed greatly on the least favorite front, however. For women, swapping roles and assuming ‘big spoon’ duties came in stone last. Men rated lying on their backs with their partner curled supine on top of them as their worst position.

Interestingly, guys didn’t mind being ‘small spoon’ all that much. Or rather, it didn’t rank as one of their top five worst positions. While women reported not really ‘feeling’ the traditional spoon either.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, BABY

How often are you indulging in a little fun after lights out? If you and your partner sleep facing each other with limbs intertwined, you might be among couples who have the most sex. If you don’t fall into this category, don’t despair.

Researchers noted that as relationships mature, people tend to go back to sleeping on their sides, facing away from one another. So it’s likely the couples who are ‘getting it on’ more than most are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship.

WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

Relationship expert, Kate Taylor claims facing in opposite directions when you fall asleep is a surefire way to drift apart. Perhaps, but it could be that a good night’s sleep is more important to some couples than intimate cuddling.

Sleeping on your side also offers numerous health benefits. According to sleep scientists, it’s the ideal position for your spine and also opens the airways, making breathing easier. Perhaps our sleep positions have more to do with comfort and health than how we feel about our relationship.

Obviously, if you sleep facing away from one another at the very edge of the mattress, that’s indicative of more than just personal preference. If that’s you, it’s probably time for a heart to heart with your partner.

WHAT IF YOU’RE NOT A GOOD SLEEP MATCH?

Most couples love sleeping together, but for many people, sharing a bed with their partner just doesn’t work. There could be any number of reasons for this. One of you might snore, you could have different work schedules or maybe you’re a night owl and she’s an early riser.

Don’t immediately assume your relationship is doomed because you’re not a good sleep match. More and more couples are opting for separate bedrooms and say they’re happier for it. A ‘sleep divorce’ may be the answer to your nighttime woes, however it’s a good idea to see if it’s possible to find middle ground before heading to the spare room.

Sharing a bed with a partner takes practice, so there’s a good chance your incompatibility could be overcome with a simple fix, such as investing in a larger bed, switching sides and buying more bedding to avoid hogging.

KEEPIN’ THE LOVE ALIVE

If you do decide that separate sleeping arrangements is the answer, don’t feel bad. “Getting good quality sleep is important for relationships ― bed-sharing or not,” says Phyllis Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Just make sure you find other ways to be intimate, such as figuring out a morning or nighttime routine for cuddling and sex. Keeping the passion alive is about more than just sharing a bed.

Finding ways to nurture and grow your relationship outside of the bedroom, will ensure you maintain a close bond as a couple. And remember, the bedroom isn’t the only place to have sex.

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I remember on BtVS Buffy sleep facing away from her then boyfriend Riley and he took it personally but didn't tell her, just added to his lust of reasons he thought she didn't love him.

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