Sharing a bed with your partner could be bad for your health

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By: Alyse Barker

Before you go out and buy a new mattress, take note: your lack of a good night's sleep could be because of your partner!

A new study conducted by the University of Leeds and Silentnight found 29 percent of people have problems sleeping, and they're blaming their partners.

Some people have even gone so far as to sleep with separate covers, beds, and even in separate houses! After all, lack of sleep can cause so many health problems from aging, depression, and even heart disease.

For those who would rather share an address with their significant other, there has be a way to solve this couple insomnia problem.

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Sleep eating

Nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder is characterized by people sleep walking to their kitchens and eating. Often times, they have no recollection of it, and only realize when they discover messes and missing food.

Sometimes, the patient has severe weight gain and other health issues attributed to the disorder. 

Frequently, the foods eaten are high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Furthermore, people with the disorder create bizarre food combinations with the items they have access to in their kitchen. 

Acting out their dreams

REM sleep behavior disorder physically play out their dreams, moving their bodies or even getting out of bed.

Their dreams are so vivid and real, that during REM sleep, which normally restrains your muscles, your body still flails. 

Hallucinations 

It is possible to experience auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory hallucinations, as many times, the person cannot tell what is part of a dream and what is part of reality. 

The hallucinations often happen in the stages right before sleep (hypnogogic) or after sleep (hypnopompic). Hypnogogic can be associated with sleep paralysis and a fearful sensation. 

Hypnopompic is usually associated with dreams and 'feeling a presence in the room'. 

Sleep sex

Called 'sexsomnia', it falls under the category of parasomnia, the stage right before you fall asleep.

When a person has this disorder, they oftentimes engage in sexual acts with a partner or themselves, while asleep. They have no recollection of it. 

It is more common for people who normally are affected by other sleep disorders, or those taking sleep medications.

Sleep texting

Apparently, more and more people are sending texts in their sleep. 

"It is very common for people to do things in their sleep that they do repeatedly during the day," said a neurologist in an article to BBC. 

Understandably, the texts make little sense to the person after they've woken up. 

Exploding head syndrome 

It occurs when you're about to drift off into sleep, and suddenly a loud noise goes off in your head. 

Another parasomnia event, exploding head syndrome sounds similar to a clap of thunder or bomb. However, it sounds as if the noise could be heard by everyone, but in reality, it's internal.

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According to the Daily Mail, bedtime compromise is the key.

Couples can learn to use sleep aids like eye masks or ear plugs. Beware, however: these sleep aids can result in a dependency.

If you and your partner have different bedtimes, compromise! Use a dimmer bedside light, respect one another's bedtime habits and try to work with each other

When a person gets more sleep, they are much better at being a good partner.

Sleeping longer and feeling more rested can lead to a better attitude, won't put strain on one's relationship and won't take away from time together as a couple. Plus, it can be really nice to stretch out and relax.

Also worth noting, since you were probably wondering: no, it won't ruin your sex life.

So remember, the tug of war over the comforter can really affect one's health. Take it seriously! Have a conversation with your loved one.

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