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Not alone in your bed at night? Our most recent chat with Technogel examined how “Bed Mates” affect sleep.
Having a bed mate is a good thing…
In a University of Pittsburgh study, women with long-term stable bed mates fell asleep more quickly and woke up less than their single counterparts. Long-term slumber partners also slept better than those who lost or gained a bed mate during the research period.
…unless your sleep cycles are mismatched.
It’s probably a good idea to try and sync up those sleep cycles, and not just because you’ll get to spend more waking time together. By promoting feelings of safety and security, shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower cortisol, a stress hormone. Prolonged cortisol levels have been associated with high blood pressure, impaired immunity, and increased abdominal fat. Being bed mates may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, an anxiety-easing “feel good” hormone. (Oxytocin is also produced in the part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.)
On the flip side, a study of 150 couples found those couples with out of sync body clocks argued more and spent half the time in shared activities— three hours vs six hours a week. They had less sex, too.
Speaking of sex…
Are some beds a better balance of good sleep/sex than others?
Memory foam is may not be the ideal choice for your sex life, offering less resistance for knees; plus, whoever is on the bottom is sinking.
There’s no jostling around or sinking with Technogel 3D deformation: your body is supported from all sides while still allowing ease of movement. Think water bed + memory foam. Bed mates can share one of three different Technogel mattresses: gel with coil core for those who like some bounce, gel with latex core for more firmness, or the foam core with a thick, plush Technogel layer.
Did you know?
Not all spouses/partners are bed mates. A 2005 Sleep Foundation survey found that nearly one in four American couples sleep in different bedrooms or beds.
45% of normal adults snore sometimes and 25% are habitual snorers.
Tips for coping with snoring
- If your partner is a back snorer, you can try to “train” them to sleep on their sides by putting a tennis ball in a back pocket of snug shirt at bedtime. Rolling onto their back will be so uncomfortable, they’ll stop doing it.
- Avoid alcohol and late night eating- they exacerbate snoring.
- Bed mates can also try earplugs or white noise machines.
- If you snore regardless of sleep position, you could have obstructive sleep apnea and may need to see an ENT physician.
Up to 24% of parents allow a child in the bed at least part of the night. Are you one of those parents?
No worries. Short-term co-sleeping gets everyone the immediate rest they need and doesn’t deter development of healthy sleep habits. The choice to co-sleep is a highly personal one; just make sure every member of the family gets the nightly sleep they need.
What about fur babies?
Nearly half of dogs are bed mates: 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized, 32% of large dogs. 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.
But pets may not be ideal snooze buddies– they can be “active” sleepers, hog the bed, on different schedules or irritate allergies.
No matter your Bed Mates situation, a Technogel pillow can help you get a better night’s sleep… and its sturdy weight makes it hard to steal!