Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Tips to help alleviate sleep incompatibility

King Features SyndicateOctober 18, 2013 

There was a time when TV’s married couples never slept in the same bed: Rob and Laura Petrie (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) were confined to single beds separated by a nightstand; so were June and Ward Cleaver (“Leave It to Beaver”).

That great divide might ease sleep-compatibility issues, but most couples prefer a shared slumber where, unfortunately, snoring (67 percent), cover-grabbing, temperature battles, leg thrashing (34 percent), sleep talking and late-night TV-watching or reading can cause ongoing problems.

If you’re losing sleep because your loved one wakes you up over and over, try these solutions:

• If your partner snores, figure out why. Is it from nasal congestion? Try a decongestant and/or allergy med before bed. Because of awkward head and neck positions? Experiment with different pillows and positions. If it seems like a more serious problem, such as sleep apnea, get the snorer to the doc for diagnosis and treatment.

• Make the bed up with two sets of covers, so you can regulate your sleep temperature and keep covered up or not, as you want.

• Sleep talking, leg thrashing and late night TV (insomnia?) can come from stress and lack of physical activity. Walk 10,000 steps throughout the day; try meditation and progressive relaxation before bedtime — and no TV! If you think restless leg syndrome is a problem (it’s a genuine neurological condition), get diagnosis and treatment.

• If all else fails, try getting to sleep before the commotion starts; you may benefit from a king-size bed, earplugs and an eye mask. Sweet dreams!

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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