If someone has a circadian sleep-wake disorder, they can sleep short periods of one to four hours each. Some people take melatonin supplements as a sleep aid. Your partner with sleep disorders can only find out whether exercise or another sleep hygiene technique will help them by trying it out. Since sleep disorders can make it difficult to try new things (because you feel like a hollow shell of a person), he could use a cheerleader, or better yet, a partner to develop healthy sleep patterns. Remind them that there are always new methods, medicines, and techniques to try.
How do you comfort someone with sleep disorders?
They’ll appreciate it (especially since they almost certainly blame themselves for their insomnia too). Insomnia can often be improved by changing your day and sleep habits, or by improving your bedroom environment. Having a partner’s support can mean everything when you’re dealing with trouble sleeping. His continued love can be the difference between hope and despair, the difference between seeing a sleep specialist and coming to terms with a life where you spend the hours between 11 PM and 11 PM. A poor sleeping environment can also lead to sleep disorders — such as an uncomfortable bed or a bedroom that is too bright, loud, hot, or cold.
But don’t think we’ve given up just because we’re a bit on the edge about it, we sometimes try everything we can to sleep better and we try our best to remain decent partners.