Forget the wine, chocolates and lingerie. Bring on the sleep to truly elevate the romance. A recent study suggests that sleeping with another person can be good for your health. In fact, sleeping with another person may lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It can also reduce cytokines (inflammation), and boosts oxytocin, otherwise known as “the love hormone.”
As sleep experts, we’re gifting our Valentines’ with some knowledge on how to sleep better as a couple.
We’ve compiled our top tips to maximize sleeping with your partner:
- Turn off the lights: Don’t sleep with the TV on, keep your phone on do-not-disturb as to not be disturbed by the bright screen and leave the nightlight for the kids!
- Leave the heat in the kitchen: Keep it cool in your room by lowering the thermostat a few degrees at night. Humans are programmed to experience a slight dip in core temperature in the evening. Turning the thermostat down can help with temperature regulation and act as a signal to your body that it’s time for bed.
- Find the right sleep position: With two people sleeping in the bed, coordination can be a little difficult. Work to find a position that works for you, and then find a complementary position that works for the both of you.
- Cuddle up: Cuddling triggers your body to release chemicals that help you bond with your partner, de-compress after a stressful day, and feel blissful.
Stop snoring: There is no better way to ruin a night than with snoring. Your Valentine gets little to no sleep and will often wake resentful. Talk about a romance killer. In fact, snoring is the third most common gripe among bed-sharers. Try our Comfort System Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece to stop snoring in its tracks.