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(cross-posted to thequestionclub
To those of you accustomed to sharing a bed (in the sleeping sense, not necessarily in the "fun" sense):

What do you do if you can't fall asleep, and your bed-mate is drifting off/already asleep? Do you stay in the room with them, or go to another room so you don't keep them awake?

Can you sleep well/at all when you aren't sharing a bed with your usual bed-mate?

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fireballof3
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
So long as I'm not keeping them awake, I'll stay in bed. Sometimes I'll get up and go read for a while though.

And I can totally sleep w/out Leigh in bed. I sprawl like a mo-fo.
knittinggoddess
Nov. 13th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I have readjusted to not sharing a bed, but when I was accustomed, it was very difficult to sleep without him. (Him=the only ex I've regularly shared a bed with.) I realized that I would stay up a lot later when he wasn't around because my routine was disrupted (even though it was like that four days out of every eight), and I'd wake up around the time he usually got home, even when his schedule was different or he was out of town.

He slept like a rock, so I could turn on the light or toss and turn without really waking him up. I slept much better when we were sharing a bed though, so insomnia was never really an issue. Due to his schedule, his wakefulness was much more pronounced, and he'd get up to do something crazy like clean the kitchen.

...Dammit, I miss sharing a bed now. Gwen! Come cuddle, dog!

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rawbery79
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
It hasn't happened lately, but I used to get up. Mark can fall asleep at the drop of a hat--really, I never saw anyone fall asleep so quickly--and hearing him snore isn't fun when I can't sleep.

When I sleep at home, I have the cat, so it's not so bad.
redsouffle
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I tend to wake up around 8am regardless of when I went to bed, so I spend a lot of time playing early-morning video games while the other person sleeps. Mostly, though, I sleep like a rock once I'm used to the person's horrible sleep apnea/poky elbows/snoring/thrashing/etc. (although I've never had to deal with more than one of these at a time).

I tend to stay up a whole lot later when I'm not sharing a bed with someone. Cuddles > Reading > Sleep.
brak55
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have been banished to my son's old room because I snore so bad.

I can sleep that way because I'm used to it now, but I have trouble sleeping if Karen is away somewhere. Just knowing she is in the house is a comfort.
jennekirby
Nov. 13th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not considerate enough to get up when I can't sleep--I just toss and turn and hope to fall back to sleep (falling to sleep in the first place has never been a problem for me). Plus Phil gets cranky when I *do* get up in the middle of the night; he doesn't sleep as well without me there most of the time.

I, on the other hand, sleep just fine when he's not there. Slightly better when he is, these days, but I go to bed before him most nights so I have to fall asleep without him most of the time.
brightflashes
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
If my husband is out of town, I can't sleep well. But if he's in the house and I'm feeling restless or uncomfortable for more room, I will sleep in the guest room instead.

When I feel restless at night and can't sleep (this is rare because I take sleep aid for depression), I usually wake up my husband by tickling him or something and we talk. If not, I just go to play scrabble on my computer.
may_not_follow
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
when i was with jess it was something of an issue because my schedule had me going to sleep around 2 or 3 in the morning, and she went to bed around 9 or 10. she was the lightest sleeper ive ever met, so id usually end up sleeping on the couch since the process of getting into bed and then taking an hour to fall asleep would wake her up.

with zeo (current boyfried), he falls asleep with no problem. i still take 1-2 hours to fall asleep, but he sleeps like a rock, so if im watching tv or have the lights on to read, its not a problem. tho it should be noted we only sleep together about once or twice a week.
may_not_follow
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
my insomnia has never been affected by whether or not there's someone else in the bed. the only effect it has for me is if im worried about waking them up i have a harder time falling asleep.
aladriana
Nov. 14th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
For me, depends on which bed-mate. [Unknown LJ tag] can sleep through anything, so I stay in with him, watch TV, play computer, etc.

With lerryn, noise/talking keeps him awake. I either stay in and read, OR I leave the room, shut the door, and watch TV in the living room.

I don't sleep well at night, alone.
quert
Nov. 15th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Depends. sometimes I grap the ipod and watch podcasts until I fall asleep. sometimes I hit the couch so he can sleep and I can be not bored.
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