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    Sleeping and Marriage

    By Kristen Houghton     

    How well do you sleep? Is tossing and turning an issue? What about snoring? Going to bed late or getting up early affecting your snooze time?

    If any of these problems are preventing you from getting a healthy, restorative sleep, you need to know it may not be you-it may be your spouse! Having a spouse who is literally rocking the bed as he or she tosses and turns makes it almost next to impossible for you to sleep well if at all. Lying next to a spouse who sounds like Hells’ Angels roaring off into the night is tantamount to absolute torture.

    Both of these sleep issues are not only ruining your own sleep, they are preventing your spouse from getting any solid rest. They may also have medical reasons behind them that need to be addressed. Let’s address the restless “bed-rocker” first.

    If a person tosses and turns well into the night the reason can be physical. Discomfort from back problems, arthritis, or stress-related tension which causes the body, especially the limbs, to jerk in spasms, is one reason. Disturbing dreams from stress can also make a person toss around in bed. Not only you, but your partner, wake up groggy, stiff, and miserable. A visit to your doctor will help. She can prescribe medications which, if taken before bed time, may provide relief from arthritis or spasms. You should also talk about stress and tossing and turning. She may suggest a mild sedative. A snorer is a difficult bedmate but it can be more than just annoying. The person who snores may have sleep apnea, a condition that can also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder. A person literally stops breathing for ten seconds or more during snoring. There are treatments, but again this is something that requires a visit to a doctor and a competent diagnosis. While the above sleep issues can be dealt with medically, the different sleep patterns of going to bed and waking up are something that have to be discussed and handled together. Everyone has different circadian rythyms. Circadian in Latin means “about a day” and medical professionals use it to describe the body’s twenty-four hour clock. Some people’s clocks are naturally set to early rising or going to bed late. It is a lucky couple whose “clocks” work in synch. Whatever the reason is for the disparity in your clocks, you have to come to some sort of happy agreement. Communication and compromise are key ingredients here. Sleep is something that your body needs and sleep deprivation affects you both physically and mentally. Deal with your sleep problems today. Besides being essential for your sanity and your health, a good night’s sleep is essential for a stress free marriage.

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