Can the Scandinavian Sleep Method Save Your Relationship?
Sleeping together with your partner creates a wonderful feeling of intimacy and closeness with the person you love. Lying by the side of a loved one, we feel happier and our relationship is stronger. At least, this is what the authors of many manuals for couples claim. But is this, actually, true? The reality is that no matter how much you love your partner, you may be annoyed by his sleeping habits. And there comes the moment when sleep can be a real challenge. What to do in this situation? The problem is so easily solved with the Scandinavian sleep method! You haven’t heard of it? Then read on and find out all you need to know!
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The more often you wake up at night, the poorer and more incomplete your sleep is. Insufficient sleep is among the main reasons for a number of health problems – physical, mental and emotional. Poor sleep affects your energy, disrupts your body’s processes, leads to increased stress levels and metabolic problems, and affects your relationship.
The Scandinavian method of sleep is nothing new. You may even practice it without knowing that it is “Scandinavian.” It gets its name from the popular practice in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and even Germany and Iceland. The idea is that instead of using one, couples use two covers, one for each partner.
Many people believe that two blankets will separate the partners and prevent cuddling and intimacy. We all sleep differently, and that’s a fact. In a long and stable relationship, people should think about mutual comfort. Yes, romance is great, but the reality is that you need a good rest before getting up in the morning and going to work. The Scandinavian sleep method allows you to share the bed with your partner while having the comfort of a blanket of your own. What are the advantages of this sleep method?
You Do Not Get Too Hot in the Summer and Winter
The problem with a shared blanket becomes especially important with the approaching hot summer weather. All rooms, including the bedroom, get warmer and many people wake up at night just because they feel too hot. If the fact that you woke up is not enough, your partner usually wakes up because you move, get up to drink water, make noises or the blanket has slipped to the floor. Unpleasant, isn’t it? What about winter? Well, it’s almost the same – every person has a different level of warmth for a comfortable sleep. Instead of opening the door, if you prefer cooler temperatures, separate blankets will provide the right level of warmth for you and your partner.
In addition to practical benefits, a personal blanket has a psychological advantage. During sleep, a person is most vulnerable. That’s why we always try so hard to create comfortable conditions in the bedroom; in fact, it is a concern for our own safety. Many people have a habit of making a cocoon out of a blanket – an instinctive attempt to be in a warm, “enveloping,” completely safe space. A blanket just for you allows you to create this cocooning atmosphere without disturbing anyone.
Freedom of Movement
Sharing a bed and a blanket may sound more romantic, but it has its drawbacks. Have you fought for the blanket with your partner? Of course you have! Do you wake up in the middle of the night because you’re freezing while your partner stole the cover and is wrapped in it? How many times did you wake up by the tossing and turning of the person sleeping next to you? All this brings a lot of discomfort, especially if you are sensitive and wake up from any movement of the partner. With separate blankets, there is no need to worry that you may disturb your partner or accidentally wake them up, and vice versa.
This method is especially good because, even after a conflict, there is no reason to go to sleep in different rooms. Theoretically, being under different blankets, you are isolated, but in practice, you remain close to each other. Throwing off one blanket to make up takes just seconds, right?
The secret to getting a good night’s sleep may lie in the little things. You won’t lose anything, and there’s nothing stopping you from trying out the Scandinavian sleep method with your partner for at least a few days. You might be pleasantly surprised by the result!