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Spouses with Sleep Disorders: What You Can Do to Help

Spouses with Sleep Disorders: What You Can Do to Help

If your spouse has a sleep disorder, their symptoms are likely affecting your sleep habits too, causing you both to have sleep troubles.

Start by talking about your sleep habits. Speak with your spouse about how they sleep, the difficulties they are having, and how rested they feel in the morning. Then explain your own sleep disruptions and issues. Sharing how sleep affects both of you is a great way to open up the dialogue and discuss how the disorder can be taken on as a couple

Some can find a disorder embarrassing, or are in denial about their nighttime sleep patterns. If this is the case with your spouse, try videotaping the behavior. This will prove your claim, and show your partner how the disorder disturbs your sleep as well.

It’s vital to explain these sleep issues with your doctor. While some try home remedies or diagnoses from the internet, discussing the disorder with a sleep expert is the best way to understand the issue and find a successful treatment option. Encourage your spouse to speak with his or her doctor about their symptoms.

Other than continuous feedback from your doctor, encourage your spouse to try other practices that could improve sleep, such as participating in sleep studies, watching alcohol intake before bed, sleeping on your side, weight loss, etc.

Make sure the bedroom is the ideal room for sleeping. Keep the room cool, dark and quiet, and the bed as comfortable as possible. Remove distracting electronics and use the room only for sex and sleep.

If your spouse’s snoring is impossible to sleep through, creating a temporary sleep sanctuary for yourself is recommended to get the sleep your body needs. But be advised that this should not be a permanent solution, sleeping in separate rooms is not recommended for partners long term.

If your mates sleep disorder can cause sleepwalking or a similar parasomnia, make sure the bedroom is as safe as possible. Check that the shades are over the windows and keep sharp objects in drawers at night.

Analyze your personal internal clock to make sure your sleep schedules are successful for each of you. It may be that you and your partner have different internal sleep patterns. It’s important that you adjust your schedule to what works with each of you

Most importantly it’s essential to be patient. It could take time to diagnose and understand the reasoning behind your spouses sleep issues, so providing support and encouragement along the way is key.

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