How You Can Sleep Better When You Don’t Sleep Alone

published Mar 4, 2019
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Most of us spend about a third of our lives in bed. But that doesn’t mean we’re really getting good sleep for those 8ish hours a day. That’s especially true for Slumber Partiers: those of us who have bedmates who stir, kids who seek refuge from scary monsters in the middle of the night, or pets who weirdly migrate from the foot of the bed to the top of our heads overnight. But no one wants to bust up a good party! That’s why we teamed up with Casper (folks who know a thing or two about quality sleep) to assemble a shoppable survival kit that will keep you and your entourage sleeping soundly all night long. And AT readers get up to $150 off select mattresses with the code APTHERAPYC! (Terms apply.)

It’s one of the three categories of sleepers most of us fall into, and for each we’ve assembled a shoppable survival kit to help you get better sleep. Night Owls and Sleep Warriors have their own, but without further interruption (for goodness’ sake, you don’t need any more) here is the Slumber Partier’s…

Apartment Therapy readers get up to $150 off select mattresses with the code APTHERAPYC. Terms apply.

One important thing for Slumber Partiers to understand is that not all sleep is created equal. There’s REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which you’ve probably heard of, but also light sleep and deep sleep. Deep sleep is the quality kind: when our cells have time to regenerate and our minds can reset. If your sleep is regularly interrupted, it’s probably worth investing in a sleep tracker such as a Fitbit or other fitness tracker that has heart monitoring capabilities. It will tell you how much sleep you’re getting in each category and help you manage your sleep schedule.

An adjustable bed frame, like this one from Casper, might seem a little indulgent, but it’s a worthwhile investment: Trust us, being able to accommodate different partners’ sleep schedules—or snoring issues—pays for itself. The Split King size has two independently adjustable sides so that each partner can sleep to their own configurations. It’s nice when someone stays up later reading, but it’s really helpful overnight when someone’s a snorer. Elevating your head can help open the partially closed airways that cause snoring—a simple fix with blessedly quiet results.

For pets who are welcome in bed, a good mattress protector is a must. Not only will it prolong the lifespan of your mattress, it will help cut down on allergens every time you wash it. Another must: duvets to make cleaning paw prints way easier; Casper offers down and humidity-fighting models that keep your bed fluffy and fresh. But maybe you adopted a puppy who’s starting to get too big for bed cuddles. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach them new sleep habits. Getting your pup a bed that’s as comfortable as yours is the best solution. Casper makes durable dog beds with pressure-relieving memory foam to keep Fido comfy all night—they even have excess material on top for pups to “dig” before laying down.

The moral of the story is that if everyone at your slumber party — whether they’re a snoring partner or rambunctious pet — you can get quality sleep without serving anyone eviction papers. Because in adulthood, the best part of the party is the actual slumber.