Sleeping Together as Newlyweds: A Comprehensive Guide 

Are you planning your wedding? The process can take up to two years before the nuptials take place, according to Martha Stewart. Part of tying the knot, jumping the broom, and taking the plunge includes teaming up to purchase a wide range of household items, including furniture pieces, home appliances, and dining sets. Besides purchases like a bed and beddings, the mattress is another major item that you’ll have to buy as a new couple.

Before the wedding ceremony, there are many issues to take up to find the perfect mattress for the sleeping partners. It’s critical to select a high-quality, durable, and comfy model that suits the bride and groom. I’d like to share some helpful tips that can help you to choose wisely.

Tips for Selecting a Newlywed Mattress

Tip #1: Try out a test mattress

If you’ll be purchasing the mattress at a brick & mortar department store or mattress store, then it’s important to lie down on a test mattress to determine factors like comfort and support. Spend 5 or 10 minutes on the test mattress.

Make sure that both of you try out the mattress and compare notes. You might discover that a particular model is right for neither, either, or both of you.

Tip #2: Consider one bed with dual firmness levels

This is the ideal option when couples have different preferences, like soft or firm mattresses. Each sleeper has his/her own controls to change settings for their half of the bed.

Another option is to go with a go with a hybrid mattress. This often combines the features of memory foam and innerspring mattresses. You get the best of both worlds in terms of support and bounce, for example.

Tip #3: Select the right mattress size

It’s probably obvious that a twin and full mattress aren’t the best options for two sleepers. However, should a new couple go with a Queen, King, or Cal King mattress?

Either of these options is good. Fun Fact: People move 40 to 60 times per night when sleeping, which includes some full-body turns. While intimacy is one of the main benefits of sleeping with your special someone, it’s still important to have enough freedom of movement. This is especially true if either or both of you are “wild sleepers.”

Tip #4: Ask about hotel mattresses

This could be during your honeymoon or a weekend getaway. If you’re a fan of the hotel’s mattresses, then you can inquire about the manufacturer and model. Don’t worry about feeling awkward asking this question. It’s actually one of the most common ones that hotel guests ask concierges.

Tip #5: Do your research before buying online

Purchasing an online mattress is generally more convenient than in physical stores. All you need is a device and Internet connection, while you can avoid heavy traffic, long lines, and pushy salespeople. That said, it’s worth noting that less than 40% of U.S. mattress retailers sell online. That’s right!

If you’re shopping online, then learn about the E-retailers policies involving shipping, returns/exchanges, and warranties. It also helps to read some online reviews about issues like the company’s customer service, for example. If an online store has received mostly negative reviews then it’s a red flag.

Tip #6: Don’t shop specifically for a lower-priced mattress

While being married isn’t always smooth sailing, sleeping on a comfy mattress can make your life easier and increase intimacy. Make sure to focus on your sleeping needs before the mattress price. Here’s the thing. There’s a good chance you can find discounted mattresses after reading an ultimate mattress selection guide. This is especially true during times like holiday weekends and the month of May (before inventory turnover).

That said, finding the most budget-friendly mattress should be secondary to purchasing the best mattress you can afford. Married life will be a lot easier when a cheap mattress isn’t causing sleepless nights or back pain.

Tip #7: Avoid unhealthy stuff

This is especially important if the bride or groom has health issues like skin allergies or breathing conditions. Stuff to avoid includes:

  • PBDEs
  • TCEP
  • TDCPP
  • VOCs
  • Formaldehyde
  • Flame retardants
  • Heavy metals (Lead, mercury, etc.)
  • Phthalates

Mattresses without these substances are healthier for the sleepers and the environment. One of the best options is CertiPUR-US-certified polyurethane foam.

Top Ways Newlyweds Can Boost Intimacy in Bed

Pillow Talk

|Pillow talk provides quality time for a husband and wife to engage in positive communication. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Family Psychology showed that too much negative communication and/or poor communication increases the chance of divorce.

Relationship experts suggest having at least 10 minutes of planned communication during the day. This provides an opportunity to talk about issues like work, relationships, and friends. It also might help like sleep resources to help you get more shut-eye.

Reminiscing

This can be part of your pillow talk, but it’s about a specific type of chatting. For example, you can revisit the emotions you felt when the two of you saw something funny or had a fun experience. You can relive the positive feelings you had during those times. Increase intimacy by focusing on your current relationship.

Same Sleep Schedule

Today three-quarters of couples go to bed at different times, according to Bustle. If your work schedules are different, there’s not much you can do about this issue. However, when possible try to go to bed at the same time as your sleeping partner. This can help to increase physical intimacy. It can also help to deal with any feelings of anger or bitterness that could happen later.

Cuddling

This is a classic way to increase intimacy with your new spouse. The sense of touch can help you connect with your partner. In fact, touch is one of the first senses that humans develop and is needed for healthy development.

Studies show that physical contact can also provide various health benefits. They include lower blood pressure and an increase of the bonding hormone oxytocin. Cuddling is one of the best ways to increase physical contact and intimacy with your spouse.

Conclusion

Sleeping with your beloved spouse can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Regardless of your individual sleeping positions, each night you spend together can improve not only your relationship but also your health and wellbeing.

A quality mattress can be one of the most effective ways to build a relationship together. Some days will be a rocky road, so you shouldn’t expect 24/7 marital bliss. On the other hand, sleeping well on a comfortable mattress can create a solid foundation. Yes, there will be tough times. They’ll simply be a lot easier to deal with after a good night’s sleep.

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