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Maintaining a healthy relationship despite having mismatched sleep schedules




Loving couple lying in bed gazing into each others eyes as they lie back on the pillows
Loving couple lying in bed gazing into each others eyes as they lie back on the pillows
Photographer: Andrey Popov

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Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things a person can do for their own well-being, but with more than sixty percent of couples sharing a bed with their partner, how can opposing sleep patterns affect your relationship?

It’s not uncommon for one partner to wake up at sunrise, while the other rises at sunset. Research has found that even with conflicting sleep schedules, achieving relationship satisfaction is still possible.

Wendy Troxel, a clinical psychologist, behavioral and social scientist at Rand Corp. has found that healthy relationships can be achieved, but solutions must be tailored to your individual relationship.

How are some ways you cope with your partner’s sleep pattern? What has worked and what hasn’t?

Guest:

Wendy Troxel, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, behavioral and social scientist at RAND Corp.