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As we all creep closer to considering our plants our coworkers, those of us who are living sans significant other during this time of self-quarantining may be feeling a specific kind of loneliness. You crave both physical contact and keeping yourself and others safe. You want to feel the warm embrace of another but can’t leave your house. Enter, the boyfriend pillow. It is, as its name suggests, a pillow that takes the place of a human partner. If you’re trying to snuggle while still adhering to the six-feet-apart rule, you’re in luck because finding the best body pillows when you’re solo, like the aforementioned boyfriend pillow, has never been easier.
Surprisingly, sleeping in the same bed as a partner has been linked to better sleep health. According to 2016 report on sleep health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 67 percent of married people self-reported healthy sleep. While not drastically different than the 62 percent of adults who’ve never been married who reported healthy sleep, but still, a slight advantage.
While there isn’t much specific research on sleeping with a body pillow — like whether it is as effective as, say, a human boyfriend — some experts recommend sleeping with a body pillow may help with back pain or other general discomfort while sleeping. Regardless, if you’re looking for something to snuggle up to while you snooze, here are 15 boyfriend pillows and body pillows to keep you company.