Dave Russell (right), shown with his partner, Izzy James (left), struggled to get enough sleep during Covid-19 lockdown in the couple’s London studio apartment. (CNN)

The pandemic has lead to many couples spending a lot more time together than they did previously. This has lead to many couples breaking up, or fighting, the latter of which can actually cause sleeping issues during the night. Wendy Troxel is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the nonprofit RAND Corporation, and says, “When you share a bed with another human being, your sleep is affected and it affects the other person who shares the bed with you.” Add that on top of being together all the time, and it can make relaxing enough to go to sleep even more difficult. And even if you’re not feeling that way, the experts say that without the regimented schedule of a commute to and from the office, or dropping the kids off at school, people are fully embracing their natural circadian rhythms. So if one member of a couple is more of a night owl they may be staying up later than they did pre-pandemic, which can then mean the sleep of their early-bird partner is disturbed when they come to bed. The good news? Experts say there will be some couples that “learn to work through their sleep issues because they don’t have a choice and might actually come out closer.”