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Why Can’t I Sleep When My Partner Is Away?

Sleeping without your partner can be a challenge for many couples. While sharing a bed with your significant other can create feelings of warmth and comfort, sleeping alone can feel isolating, and even anxiety-inducing. So, why can't you sleep when your partner is away? It's simple - you're used to sleeping together, and the absence of their physical presence can throw off your routine.

For most couples, once they fall into a routine of sleeping together every night, it's very hard to sleep without their partner. According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 23% of American couples sleep apart at night. For the other 77% who enjoy sleeping next to their significant other, it's clear that sharing a bed has many benefits. In general, it seems that people who sleep next to their partner sleep better than those who sleep alone. In fact, a survey of insomniacs shows that out of the test group, 27% of insomniacs were people who sleep alone at night.

So, what can you do to fall asleep when your partner is away?

Can’t Sleep Without Your Partner? Try These Helpful Suggestions:

Invest in a Body Pillow

While it may not be the same as snuggling up next to your partner, having a big, comfy pillow next to you can help you feel less alone in your big latex mattress. The extra cushion can also help support your body and alleviate any aches or pains you may be experiencing.

Allow Your Dog to Sleep Next to You (Just This Once!)

If you have a furry friend, their beating heart may be all you need to feel comforted and fall asleep. Plus, who can resist a cuddle with their furry companion?

Sleep with a Sound Machine or Other White Noise

Studies show that sound machines or other forms of white noise can help even the most particular sleeper fall asleep faster. Try using one when you know you're going to have trouble sleeping, like when your partner is away.

Try Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed

By sleeping in the middle of the bed, you're making your bed seem smaller and giving yourself more room to move around throughout the night. While this may be controversial for some who are very particular about their "sides of the bed," it's worth a try.

Drink Tea Before Bed

A cup of chamomile tea before bed can help you relax and calm down, making it easier to fall asleep.

Practice Relaxation Techniques Before Bed

Engage in some deep breathing exercises or meditation to help calm your mind and reduce any anxiety you may be feeling about sleeping alone. This can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly throughout the night.

Set up a Bedtime Routine

Create a routine for yourself that helps you wind down and prepare for sleep. This can include things like taking a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to calming music. Having a consistent routine can signal to your body that it's time for sleep and make it easier to fall asleep without your partner.

Invest in Comfortable Bedding

Make your bed as comfortable as possible by investing in soft, high-quality sheets, pillows, blankets, or even a latex mattress (especially during our 4th of July Mattress Sale!). This can help create a cozy and inviting environment that makes it easier to fall asleep.

Use a Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets have been shown to have a calming effect on the body, making them a popular choice for people who have trouble sleeping. Try using a weighted blanket to help you feel more secure and relaxed when sleeping alone.

Consider Using Aromatherapy

Essential oils like lavender and chamomile have calming properties and can help promote relaxation and sleep. Try using a diffuser or a pillow spray to infuse your bedroom with the soothing scents of these oils.

*Bonus Tip:

Get a comfortable nightlight. If sleeping alone makes you feel uneasy or anxious, consider getting a nightlight to help you feel more secure. Choose a soft, warm light that won't interfere with your sleep, but will provide enough illumination to help you feel more comfortable in the dark.

Benefits to Sleeping Alone

It is worth noting that sleeping alone can have some benefits. For example, it can give you more room to move around in bed and can reduce the risk of disruptions from a snoring partner or restless sleeper. By embracing the benefits of sleeping alone and finding ways to make it more comfortable and restful, you can turn it into a peaceful and rejuvenating experience.


Sleeping without your partner can be a challenge for many couples, especially if they have grown accustomed to sleeping next to their partner every night. However, there are many strategies that can be used to make the experience more comfortable and restful. From investing in comfortable bedding to practicing relaxation techniques, there are many ways to make sleeping alone less stressful and more enjoyable. So, the next time your partner is away, try out some of these suggestions to help you fall asleep faster and get a good night's rest. With a little effort and experimentation, you may find that sleeping alone can be a peaceful and rejuvenating experience.

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