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How can I make it easier to share a bed with my partner?

If you are concerned that your partner may have a sleep disorder, a visit to a primary care physician and/or sleep specialist is the place to start to rule out potentially serious disorders like sleep apnea, periodic limb movement, or restless leg syndrome, or any other health issue that could be interfering with their (or your) sleep.

Here are some tips to make sharing a bed easier:

• If it is snoring that bothers your sleep, consider ear plugs, a sound machine, or some type of anti-snoring device.

• If it is their movement that bothers your sleep, consider a new mattress that reduces motion transfer.

• If they get up in the middle of the night and disturb you, consider two beds in the same room, or a mattress that reduces motion transfer.

• If they have a different schedule, consider scheduling changes, eye masks, book lights, etc.

Or, in the very least, opt for a bigger bed.

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