Getting the Covers Stolen in Bed Just Became a Health Benefit

twin bedsThings in the 1950s looked so pleasant. Coke was sold in cool glass bottles, cars had wings, and couples slept in separate twin beds partitioned by a well-appointed table that had a wind-up alarm clock, a porcelain lamp, a triangular lace tablecloth, and two half-filled glasses of water. The bedroom of the '50s really spoke to me. It looked so fair. So comfortable. So individual yet codependent. Then everything changed. The prudish two-bed style quickly fell out of fashion and we've been relegated to sharing beds with our beloved men persons ever since.

His tossing and turning, his snoring, his sheet-stealing, his cold feet, his dagger-like toenails, and his farts may all be worth it, though. According to a new study, there are health benefits for women who co-sleep with men. 

Despite all the obstacles a man throws your way in bed, I suppose you can't argue with research that says:

Shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.

Apparently it's because women feel safer and more secure with a protector present and, therefore, sleep better. All the monsters, figurative and literal, are a non-issue when you've got a partner to fight them for you, I suppose.

So what does this mean for the single ladies? Don't sweat it, friends, I have a plan. If all women need is a little psychological comfort at bedtime in order to get some serious REM going, let's all get dogs. Big ones like German Shepherds and St. Bernards and this one. No need to troll the bars for boyfriends or beg someone online to marry you, take charge of your health and your sleep by adopting a pet. I'm sure they'll do just as much if not more to an intruder than some guy ever would. I mean, have you ever seen a man bite another man's face off? Wait. Never mind.

Moving on. If you're single and happened to be cursed with a dog allergy, then do not underestimate a body pillow and your imagination. Fool yourself that you're not sleeping alone and watch the stress just melt away.*

Women in relationships should quit griping about their lousy men who kick them in their sleep because, after all, those men are ultimately doing them a favor. And single women should get a dog.

Who needs the Wall Street Journal and that thing called science? Pretty sure I just solved everyone's problems. Phew. All that thinking's tired me out. Now where's my body pillow.

Do you like sharing a bed with your man? Why or why not?

*New stress acquired from realizing you've successfully tricked yourself into thinking a body pillow provides protection has not been accounted for.


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ashjo85 ashjo85

We have a King bed. Solves most of those spacey type of issues. We can cuddle if we want, or scoot to our sides to have our space.

Flori... Floridamom96

Oh, yes. Nights suck when he's away.

nonmember avatar Michelle

Love my husband? Absolutely! Love to share a bed with him? UGH. Between the snoring and bed hogging, I would rather cuddle with my dog ANY night (she is 16 pounds and hardly ever moves). I always sleep better alone.

nonmember avatar Michelle

Another side note: This is also why I didn't co-sleep with my child--turns out she sleeps just like my husband! They are both ALL OVER the bed at night!

navyw... navywife0204

I sleep so much better when he's here.  Deployments can be very long.


Freela Freela

I can't sleep at all when my dh has to travel, or if I go to the cottage without him.  I toss and turn all night!

nonmember avatar HS

Oohhh god here we go again. First the helpless women who are scared to touch a grill and now women who can't sleep in a big girl bed all by their widdle selves. Come ooon!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I hate sleeping without my hubby in the bed. I just worry when I don't have my husband and kid tucked in to their beds at night, need my ducks in a row to settle. I just realized that I'm totally screwed when the kid leaves for college. Damn.

kisse... kisses5050

you do know most of the couples in the 1950s slept in the same bed.. those twin beds were a TV thiing due to censors ...

Aeris... AerisKate

I don't think it has anything to do with women not being able to sleep without a man by their side.  I have never liked being alone in a house or apartment, so I just sleep better if other people are there, too.  I've shared a room with someone since I was born except for two years during law school when I lived by myself in an apartment.  I'm surprised I ever slept at night because once I turned out the light, I heard every noise until I finally fell asleep (and every noise turnd in to something scary in my mind).   It's funny because I sleep even better these days when my parents come to visit and there are more people in the house (and I'm married with two kids). 

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