Good Guys Always Let Their Women Win in Bed


woman asleepSleeping with your partner in the same bed doesn't always make for sweet dreams. No matter how much you love them. Maybe he was used to sleeping on the left side, but so are you, and of course, there's only one of those. Maybe you snore, he's got bad "night gas" (you know what I'm talking about!). Long story short ... share a bed with a guy long enough, and you'll figure out if you REALLY love him. And you'll figure out if he's actually a good guy. The kind found in a little study done by a psychologist named Donna Dawson. According to her research, most men let their ladies win the "bed war."

This means we usually end up getting the side of the bed we want and, I'd argue, probably the space, too! (Sheets, as well? Ha!) Dawson says this probably has to do with how men are conditioned to protect us, and so they'll usually give in and let us have our way. Interestingly, Dawson notes that there are lots of reasons why we as women may prefer one side of the bed over the other.

You know, like being closer to the door to tend to a crying baby or farther from the door and potential danger. And good guys realize and respect that. (I also have always had a theory you're more likely to be comfortable enough to sleep well next to the kind of guy who would treat you like a queen ... no matter the size of the mattress!)

Personally, my back problems have made it so that sleeping on my stomach with my left leg crouched is most comfortable, and for that reason, I insisted a while back that I get the left side of the bed -- even though it was the side my boyfriend prefers, too. And he gave in! He still steals it from time to time, but that doesn't last very long. No sirree -- he knows what's up and takes good care of me. (He'll tell you he only gives in, because he doesn't want to hear any whining ... but you know men, they don't want to admit they're the softies they really are!)

Sure, I think a king bed is in our future at some point, so we can each have a lot more room. But for now, I appreciate that he makes the sacrifice and space for me. Letting me win the bed war is definitely an act of love.

Do you win the bed war with your partner?


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colin... colins_mom

My boyfriend is amazing like that, like to the point where he rearranged his room so that not only could I still sleep on the left side of the bed but I wasn't near the door. (I have an aversion to sleeping near/across from doors and windows) he also makes sure I have enough pillows (even if that means using him as one) he's a good guy and I am grateful for that

1blue... 1bluemonkey

I've only cared what side of the bed I slept on when our room was so tiny that the bed was crammed up against the wall.  I was up and down all night to pee when I was pregnant and to deal with the baby after she was born, so I had to be on the outside so I wouldn't be crawling OVER my husband 4 or 5 times a night.  After 19 years and 4 kids in and out of our bed, I don't care where I sleep, I just want SOME sleep.

Bertha21 Bertha21

yeah he always lets me choose what side of the bed I get, I like sleeping next to the wall

nonmember avatar Monzie

I won the "side of the bed" battle because I needed to be on the side closest to the door so I could get up to pee all night long when I was pregnant and, later, to tend to the baby. But he wins the bed war because he's 6'4" and a total space hog. I get about 1/3 of the bed and his long legs and giant feet take up the rest. In my dream world, we live in a house with room for a king-sized bed. But, in reality, I'll be hanging on the edge of our crowded queen-size for a long time.

Crims... CrimsonRain

He really doesn't care.  For some reason unknown to me, I always gravitate either to the right side of a bed, or to the side that's up against a wall, if applicable.  I couldn't say why I prefer these.  Sheets?  I "cocoon" when I sleep, so... if we didn't each use our own comforters, he'd have died of hypothermia by now.  Handy after dinner at Taco Bell, too... 

Lynette Lynette

lol, yes I always win bed wars!

nonmember avatar lindsey

Our dogs win at bed wars! They are the bed and cover hogs and always have to be between us.

Melis... Melissa042807

We're pretty good at compromising. In our first apartment, he wanted to be on the right side of the bed, but the left side of our bed was right next to the window, on the ground floor, with a sidewalk about five feet away. And for some reason that just gave me the willies and I couldn't sleep. So he switched sides with me until we moved to a different place where that wasn't an issue, and he could have the right side again. We've kept to our sides of the bed ever since. 

Lucre... LucretiaMcEvil

My husband and I have been together for 10years. We have a 16m old, and since he was born, I like to sleep alone.

We don't go to bed at the same time. I am a SAHM, and I stay up later than him. He goes to bed at 9pm, and leaves for work @ 5:30am.

If I slept @ 9pm, I'd never get any alone time! I'm laid out on a new leather couch watching "That 70s Show".

I'd take that over snuggling any day. Weekends are different though! We all sleep in bed on Friday and Saturday.

Senia... Seniahmom

My husband is one of the good guys. He sleeps on whatever side. He let me sleep closer to the bathroom while pregnant and when babies came volunteered to sleep on the baby's side to handle middle of the night diaper changes and to bring baby to me to eat so I could stay comfy longer. I scored a huge win when I found him!

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