11 Things Happy Couples Do Before They Go to Sleep

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How to strengthen the connection between your partner and you? What is vital for a happy relationship of a couple? Here’s a list of 11 simple but very effective recommendations from well-known psychologists. They speak about how to behave toward your partner before calling it a night.

TIMESTAMPS
Switch your phones to silent mode, and put them away 0:53
Forget about work 1:22
Go to bed at the same time as your partner 1:55
Follow a routine 2:27
Have a heart-to-heart talk 2:50
Don’t argue or get into heated conversations 3:49
Keep your bedroom child-free 4:17
Don’t share the bed with your pets 4:51
Don’s drink alcohol or smoke 5:22
Give each other a massage 6:21
Don’t forget about hugs and kisses 7:11
Tricks on how to fight insomnia 7:59

SUMMARY
– Social media dependency suppresses the release of oxytocin (or, as it is also called, the “Love Hormone”) in your body. Too bad as exactly this hormone is responsible for emotional intimacy and bonding.
– Try to forget about work, and stop checking your work email when you are in bed. It’s so much better to spend that time together and have some rest so that you can be productive at work the following day.
– Many people in a relationship don’t see each other all day long and have a habit of going to bed at different times. As many as 75 percents of couples do this on a regular basis, typically because one of the partner’s works, watches TV, or surfs the net.
– Following the same bedtime routine, every day helps you to sleep better. While following a familiar routine, your brain receives a signal of the approaching bedtime and prepares your body for sleep.
– Pay attention to each other’s feelings. You don’t need to give advice or find immediate solutions to the problems. Sometimes we simply want to talk and feel the care and support of our loved ones.
– This advice is given by people who have been married for 40-50 years and more. Their experience tells them that no disagreement is worth more than a day’s fight. Curt Smith reminds us to try not to involve ourselves in heated arguments before going to sleep. Fighting in bed never helps to solve a problem.
– Another psychologist, Michael Viner-Davis, is sure that the only time you can let your children sleep in your bed is when they have a nightmare. At all other times, your bedroom should be your private space.
– As reported in the research of the University of Kansas, 63 percent of people who sleep with their pets don’t get enough sleep. Your pet can’t be asleep through the whole night and often disturbs your rest.
– Many couples like to have a glass of wine before going to bed to create a romantic atmosphere. However, while your body is digesting alcohol, the restorative period of your sleep becomes shorter.
– Specialists from the National Foundation of Sleep confirm that a light and relaxing massage before going to bed is highly beneficial. It improves the quality of your sleep, reduces anxiety, and brings couples closer together.
– Remember to kiss your partner before going to sleep as well as to cuddle for a few minutes when you are already in bed. Kissing always evokes positive emotions. Psychologists are confident that if you hug when falling asleep, your relationship is not in trouble. David Klow, a family therapist, advises the couples that have issues with communication to hug each other.

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