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How can I get support from my partner in changing my sleep habits?

Your efforts to improve your sleep may significantly change your current sleep habits, and that, in turn, can affect the sleep of a spouse or significant other.

Communication with your sleep partner is essential. Before you make changes, talk to the person you live with. Let your partner know what your goal is, why you would want to make changes to your current routines, and why his/her help is important to your success. Be open to compromise. A 9:15 P.M. bedtime may be great for you, but it may not be for your sleep partner. Discuss how you can make it work for both of you. It may take your going to bed first and your significant other watching television in another room instead of the bedroom. Remember, if you want help and support, you need to be clear about what you want the other person to do, and be willing to compromise.
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