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What Gifts Do People Actually Want?

What Gifts Do People Actually Want?

The holidays may have already come and gone, but that shouldn’t mean your spirit of giving should go into hibernation until next December.

If you weren’t able to figure out the perfect gift for your significant other, friends, or family members, you just might have been on the wrong track from the get-go. When shopping for someone we love, we tend to look for quirky and cool gadgets that we just know they’ll love. But we become disheartened a few weeks later when we notice the gift we thought they’d love has yet to make its way out of its packaging. So what do people really want?

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According to a survey by Couponbox.com, people are more likely to appreciate and utilize gifts relating to experiences than material possessions. 25% of those polled reported they would love to be gifted some sort of travel opportunity. While they might never get around to using the new gadget you bought them for their man cave, you can be sure your money won’t go to waste if you buy them tickets to a show, sporting event, or weekend getaway.

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Additionally, many times we focus on what our loved ones want for a gift rather than what they need. While, as kids, getting clothes for gifts was usually disappointing, roughly 20% of those polled reported that they would be happy with a new wardrobe to add to their closet. Though a similar number of adults reported they wouldn’t mind receiving electronics, you can be assured they will get much more use out of a new pair of pants than they would a new video game. I mean, what adult really has time for video games anymore?

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And I hate to end on a less-than-positive note, but what’s up with only 5% of those polled asking simply to be with their families or for world peace? I’ll just pretend the rest of them didn’t know those options were available…

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    Featured photo credit: CouponBox via couponbox.com

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    Last Updated on June 13, 2019

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

    You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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    1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

    It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

    Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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    2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

    If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

    3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

    If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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    4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

    A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

    5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

    If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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    Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

    Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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