For couples with different sleep schedules, joint bedtime can be a nightmare
In recent years, a consensus has emerged that sleep is a critical health issue, but researchers have largely focused on individual behavior.
One area that has lagged is what researchers calls “dyadic sleep,” or “sleep concordance.” Sixty percent of people sleep with another person. When one person has sleep issues, both can suffer.
Certain sleep disorders, such as snoring, have been shown to harm relationships, largely because the person hearing the snoring experiences disrupted sleep. Women living with snorers, for instance, are three times as likely to report sleep problems themselves. Worse, insomnia has also been linked to lower relationship satisfaction.