February 14, 2017
EVERY FEBRUARY 14, romantic people of the world decide that life is meaningless if you aren’t sharing a bed with someone. While I harbor no ill will towards all my friends who are happily paired off and enjoying blissful marriages or steady partnerships, it’s not for everyone.
Specifically, the joys of spooning are wildly overrated.
Partnering up almost always means sharing a bed with someone, but it turns out that this romantic practice can have some serious consequences for your health. Sleep studies have shown that sharing a bed can lead to more fragmented and less restful sleep than sleeping alone, and that in turn can actually make your relationships suffer. This should surprise exactly no one who has ever dealt with a snoring spouse or has been elbowed in the ribs by the tossing and turning of an (ex-) boyfriend.
So if you find yourself a little sad at not having anyone to give you candy and flowers this year, try giving yourself the gift of an amazing night’s sleep instead. After all, you’re already halfway there if you have a whole bed all to yourself.
When you get a good night’s sleep regularly, you’ll find that your memory improves, you lose weight, and you’re less depressed. Here’s my advice for how to make sleeping alone an occasion worth celebrating:
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your single life by giving yourself the gift of a great night’s sleep. When your married friends wake up less than refreshed on February 15 and wonder why you’re so chipper, you can just smile and explain that you slept great last night – and every night.