72% of Americans secretly resent that their partners get great sleep, survey shows

Feeling envious of your partner for getting more sleep while you nurse the baby to sleep is totally normal (especially when you’re rocking them while your partner snoozes). But according to a recent sleep study of 2,000 people by Unisom, the tension caused by different sleep schedules affects 1 in 4 couples, not just new parents.

Furthermore, 72% of adults have negative feelings about their partner getting 7+ hours of sleep on weeknights while only 45% are getting that much sleep themselves. This could lead to midnight arguments, especially since 30% of us rate our sleep as “great” or “excellent.” The idea that our partners are getting better sleep than we are can definitely cause some problems.

The study also shows generational differences in sleep quality with Gen Z and Millennials rating their sleep much higher than older generations. But if you’re struggling with sleep envy and wishing you could get as much sleep as your partner, there are ways to improve your sleep. Check out these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Observe a consistent bedtime

  • Keep technology out of the bedroom

  • Maintain a comfortable sleeping environment

  • Avoid large meals and caffeine before bed

  • Exercise during the day for better sleep at night

It may be easier said than done, but maybe 2024 is the year for epic sleep and epic health—perhaps your partner will even envy your awesomeness.


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