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Ask Dr. Lisa: Tips Needed for Sleeping With a Partner

  • Posted: December 15, 2011 
  • Filed under: Articles

Time for sleep Q&A with Dr. Lisa Shives, our sleep expert!  We gather questions from our Facebook page, and they’re answered by Dr. Shives.  In this installment, Dr. Lisa talks about a co-sleeping with your partner.

Josh Campos asks: I have a hard time sleeping next to my girlfriend. Our sleep schedules are very different. But, I also usually have a hard time sleeping next to people in general. Do you have any suggestions?

Dr. Lisa says: SLEEP ALONE.  It is a modern notion that it will damage a relationship if partners sleep separately.  A hundred years ago, it was common for husbands and wives to have separate bedrooms if they had a large enough home. I think that sleep deprived people who blame their bed partners for a restless night will find that they have some serious tension in the relationship.

Dr. Shives works with SleepBetter.org to provide a medical view of sleep issues. She is one of only a few practitioners with a fellowship in Sleep Medicine in addition to board certification by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Learn more about Dr. Lisa Shives by clicking here.