We’ve come a long way from the days of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo sleeping in two separate twin beds on primetime television.
But that doesn’t mean they had the totally wrong idea.
TikTok has been brewing with opinions on the Scandinavian sleep method, with some users even joking that “it could save marriages.” We’re laughing but … she might be right.
Basically, the Scandinavian sleep method is a fancy name for using two duvets or blankets when sleeping with a partner. It’s also the name of potentially game-changing sleep with the peace and freedom we all deserve.
“It’s something that I recommend to my clients and community all the time,” says sleep expert Alanna McGinn. “It can actually work very well to improve your sleep and allow both people sharing the bed to sleep better for different reasons.”
Below, Alanna gave us some more convincing reasons why the Scandinavian sleep method could be worth trying.
No one will steal the covers.
“You can have knock-down, throw-down fights in the middle of the night when you’re sharing a blanket and trying to get as much coverage as you can,” she says. “But you don’t have to battle it out throughout the night. Something as simple as using two twin duvets or double duvets so you can both wrap yourself as much as you want can work really, really well. It’s the little sleep-saving grace for couples who share a bed.”
You’ll always be at the right temperature.
“We all have our personal sleep needs. I always tell people, no matter if you’re sleeping by yourself or sharing a bed with someone, your side of the bed should be customized for you,” Alanna shares. “A big part of that is what you’re sleeping on, what’s on top of you, and what pillow you use. Everyone has their own sleep temperature when they sleep.
If you are a hot sleeper, you might want more breathable fabrics, more cotton fibers, fabrics that are going to wick away perspiration. Whereas if your partner is a cold sleeper, they’ll want the big, thick duvet blanket or flannel sheets. There’s no reason why both of you should use the same blanket because you might have different body temperatures when you’re sleeping.”
It actually means nothing about your relationship.
“If [the Scandinavian sleep method] makes you sleep better, go for it,” says Alanna. “The one thing I always tell my clients and community is don’t let it stop you from doing it because you think that all married couples or couples who share a bed should have the same blankets [and] it means something about the relationship. It has nothing to do with that. You just all want to sleep great.”
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