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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:37 am, Fri May 23, 2014.

(BPT) - Tossing, turning, snoring, thrashing, blanket yanking - it’s amazing anybody who shares a bed ever gets any sleep. If your loved one is keeping you up, you’re definitely not alone. According to a recent survey, 37 percent of cohabitants have considered sleeping in a separate room from their partner to get a better night's sleep - 40 percent of women and 35 percent of men.

“Couples often have different sleeping habits and preferences for room temperature and mattress firmness,” said Cathy Linder, director of marketing research at Tempur Sealy. “It takes communication to create a welcoming, sleep-ready bedroom environment.”

Getting some shut eye means creating a space that’s conducive for sleep. And that usually means a great mattress placed in a dark, quiet room. The survey results back this up - for 79 percent of those surveyed, a comfortable bed is the key to getting a good night’s rest.

Following are some ideas that experts say can benefit both of you in your search for sweet dreams at night - and an enhanced relationship during the day.

* In-store mattress auditions: Don’t be afraid to take a nap in the store. According to the Better Sleep Council, you’ll be happier with your mattress if you test it out in the store for longer than a few minutes. For two people to sleep side-by-side comfortably, try to get a queen or a king size mattress.

* Prevent turbulence: Twenty-nine percent of people say their partner’s tossing and turning keeps them awake at night. To minimize disturbances, invest in a new mattress that doesn’t transfer motion, so when your sleep partner moves, you don’t. Tempur-Pedic brought this benefit to the market, and illustrated it with their famous “wine glass test” that shows a steady (and full!) wine glass even as someone jumps on the bed.

* Turn off technology: In today’s 24/7 world, it’s hard to unplug completely. According to the survey, 30 percent say they sleep in a high-tech zone and 25 percent say that their partner’s late-night TV watching keeps them up at night. Banning phones, tablets and TV in the bedroom can help your body power down.

* Sync up bedtimes: It can be quite a challenge for night owls and early birds to get on the same sleeping schedule. But it’s worth making an effort with 28 percent saying that going to bed at the same time as their partner is essential to a good night’s sleep.

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