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5 ways to conquer a sleep-stealer

Feb 24th 2014 at 8:38 PM

The blanket-hog, the relentless toss-and-turner, the thunderous snorer: There are sleep-stealers everywhere and when you're in need of some well-deserved rest, you take matters into your own hands. readers shared their best strategies for sleeping with someone whose bedtime habits threaten precious shut-eye. Here's a selection of your tips for reclaiming a good night's sleep:

Positioning power
My husband is a snorer when he sleeps on his back. I found that if I gently take his arm (OK, sometimes I'm not so gentle, depending on my mood!) and swing it over towards his shoulder, which is opposite me, then give his back a shove, it's enough to roll him over onto his side, and that usually is enough to get him to stop. At least it gives me enough time to (hopefully) fall asleep myself. As for the blankets, well, we have two on our bed, so there's no fighting!
- Thea Melvin, Ladysmith, British Columbia

Blanket business
My husband is a sheet-hogger and I often used to wake up feeling cold, and no wonder since he had rolled all the covers around him, leaving nothing for me!

So, for our queen-sized bed, I bought a king-sized flat sheet and a king-sized comforter. The comforter hangs almost to the ground on the bed and that means we don't need a dust ruffle. The best part is, there are now plenty of covers to go around. Works for us!
- Jodie Kachkar, St. Albert, Alberta

Double the blanket, double the fun
I had many a sleepless night with a blanket-hogger. My solution came to me when I placed another blanket on the floor beside my bed. When the chill set in from being blanketless, I grabbed my blanket from the floor and settled in for a warm sleep. It certainly saved me a lot of stress and chilliness!
- Elaine Simpson-Somerville, Tara, Ontario

A good foundation
After literally years -- notwithstanding little ones appearing or calling out for MOMMY -- a truly comfortable new, motionless mattress and pillow has helped my precious other half and his unique nasal sounds. The financial expense is worth it!
- Sharon Furrie, Kanata, Ontario

To each their own rooms
We just sleep in separate rooms. It is the only way I can sleep. Men snore, move too much, kick, and produce too much body heat to make it comfortable to sleep in the same bed with [them]. Also he doesn't go to bed until well after midnight and I need to be asleep by 10:30 p.m. as I am awake at daylight. I am a very light sleeper and once I am woken up it is impossible to get back to sleep again.

So, the reason for the separate rooms: I now have a wonderful sleep and wake up refreshed in the mornings.
- Paulette Mosher, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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