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Bedrooms Jul 3, 2024

Sealy: How to minimise partner disturbance

Partner Disturbance. This is a concept sleep scientists puzzled over for a long time – how to make sure the person you share a bed with doesn’t interrupt your sleep with their night-time antics. At Sealy, we have a few solutions for you. Keep reading to find out more.


If both you and your partner sleep well and move normally during sleep, it’s unlikely that movement will wake you. However, if your or your partner are uncomfortable then there can be excessive movement which can cause partner disturbance. Some of the most common causes of excessive movement during sleep are:

  • Tossing and turning because of an uncomfortable mattress or body pains
  • Back aches and pain
  • Breathing issues
  • Temperature too hot or too cold
  • Poor mattress design

There could be many other factors contributing to partner disturbance, such as snoring or even differing schedules (one person wakes or goes to sleep much later than the other). Selecting the right mattress is one of the best things you can do to improve your sleep.


Mattresses with multi-zone pocket springs are a good choice to eliminate partner disturbance. The springs are individually wrapped and not linked, which minimises movement across the mattress when your partner moves. Each spring has individual freedom of movement, and each pocket spring conforms to the shape of your body.

Most Sealy ranges feature a pocket-spring option. The Sealy la différence mattress range features the PostureTech PRO encased Coil-in-Coil inner spring system which adapts constantly and subtly to your weight and body shape as you move in your sleep. While this doesn’t eliminate partner disturbance, it does minimise it greatly. Click here to find out more about the la différence mattress range.


Another way to minimise partner disturbance is to invest in two different mattresse and put them together. This is a popular option for customer’s who purchase Sealy Posturematic adjustable beds. This range considers that everybody is unique and has different sleeping positions.

The Sealy Posturematic Adjustable Power Base comes with a wireless remote, the option to programme custom positions as well as pre-set TV and zero-gravity positions. Other features of this world-class bed include a powerlift motor with a 270kg lifting capacity, LCD clock, alarm function, flashlight, indirect lighting, free-fall design safety feature, and a dual, variable-intensity massage function.


A bigger bed will also minimise partner disturbance. If your room is big enough, a king size bed would give you the space to move around freely with a smaller chance of waking disturbing your partner.

Below are mattress measurements for different Sealy beds:

  • Single – 915mm x 1880mm
  • Three Quarter – 1070mm x 1880mm
  • Double – 1370mm x 1880mm
  • Queen – 1520mm x 1880mm
  • King – 1830mm x 1880mm
  • Extra length (2000mm) is available on request


Choosing the right mattress could mean the difference between waking up feeling exhausted with body aches, or totally refreshed and ready to conquer the challenges of the day ahead. A good mattress should last at least eight years, so think about this as an investment in your health and take the time to find the right mattress.

To help make your decision easier, we’ve developed a Mattress Selector to discover what’s most important to you when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep and provide a recommendation for a mattress based on your unique sleep profile. You simply answer a few questions about your sleep habits, and we then recommend a selection of Sealy’s that best suit your needs. Click here to get started with the Sealy Mattress Selector.

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