20 Genius Things For People Who Are Uncomfortable Sleeping Next To Someone Else

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Cuddle buddies are nice. Sleep is nicer. Upon reading that back, it sounds a bit insensitive, so I'll put it this way: learning how to share a bed with a partner isn't the easiest thing in the world. Some people — especially light sleepers like myself — find that the noise, light disturbances, and movement seriously inhibit a good night's sleep. I'm not really a morning person as it is, but if I'm waking up groggy and ill-tempered, there's no way that relationship is lasting past noon.

On the other hand, though, there are tons of arguments for sleeping with a partner. While several studies have found that people move more and wake more often when sharing a bed, sleep experts say that snoozing together might actually improve your overall health. Due to increased feelings of safety and comfort, those who sleep next to someone else often fall asleep faster and have a lower level of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have even been quoted suggesting that if you're sharing your bed, you may actually live longer than you otherwise would.

Whether you're trying to make your sleepovers more comfortable or you're already sharing a mattress full-time, these genius inventions can help block out the noise, tone down the light, and draw some much-needed boundaries.

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