This Scandinavian sleep hack is a game changer if you struggle to sleep next to your partner

This Scandinavian sleep hack is a game changer if you struggle to sleep next to your partner

Ahh the trials and tribulations of roommates, especially when sharing a bed. It’s not a long walk in the dark, that is probably why the Scandinavian sleep hack is exploding on TikTok. The method, which sees a simple reconfiguration when it comes to your bedding, has been credited with restoring the zen to users’ sleep routines and also saving quite a few relationships along the way.

You know what they say, couples who sleep together stay together, which is why problems can arise when your partners’ nighttime habits cause you to miss out on some much-needed cuddles.

In general, sharing a bed with your significant other can be beneficial – not only for your relationship, but for your sleep health – and in many cases, it can actually lead to better sleep. According to The Better Sleep Council, sleeping next to someone you love can cause your brain to release oxytocin (also known as the “cuddle chemical” or “love hormone”), which can reduce anxiety and create a sense of calm and security , which gives you a better, deeper sleep. Likewise, your partner’s (gentle) breathing pattern can create a rhythm that makes it easier for you to fall asleep.

But this is obviously not always the case. If their snoring sounds like a car backfiring, or they like to stay up late with the lights on, it can come between you and some seriously sweet dreams. Sounds familiar? Over on TikTok, #couplessleepingproblems has over 4.8 million views, and (aside from snoring) quilting is one of the main problems couples face.

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However, a clever TikTok video from Scandi cottage owner Cecilia Blomdahl has presented a solution that users are declaring “life-changing”.

“Every time I go to bed, I get so many comments about it,” Cecilia wrote in her video. She added: “My name is Cecilia and I live on Svalbard, an island near the North Pole, but I am originally from Sweden. I think the way we make our beds is pretty common in Europe, but it’s completely different than in America.” And it’s not typical of the UK either. The biggest difference? “We have two quilts here,” Cecilia explained, laying the bed with the two quilts next to each other: one for each person in the bed. “I could never live with one,” she added, concluding “voila, Scandinavian bed is done.”

In the comments section, people are on board. “2 duvets save relationships,” said one user, while another commented “I could never share my duvet 🥰 it’s a Scandinavian thing.” Another even said, “We recently got 2 quilts and it has been the best choice for the longevity of our marriage 😂.”

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“If you find yourself playing a never-ending tug-of-war with the duvet and waking up to yourself half-way through the night without a duvet, the Scandinavian sleep hack will finally put the cover-hog problem to rest,” confirmed Jessica Hanley, founder of loungewear and homewares brand, Piglet in Bed, who has some advice on how to make your bed feel and look heavenly.

“To make your bed Scandinavian style, start by adding a sheet and taking two twin duvets. Take the first duvet and place it a little more than halfway across the bed and repeat with the second blanket so that they overlap. For a little for added comfort, drape a textured throw or bedspread over the bottom of the bed, and voila! You have an enviable bed you just can’t wait to climb into, says Jessica.

Another TikToker from @bed.threads even pointed out that you can use the option to choose one together that suits you best, so if your partner likes to be toasty hot but you prefer something a little fluffier, you can choose your own duvet correspondingly. “You can choose a comforter that suits your temperature and thickness preferences,” they said. “And you can get in/out of bed without disturbing your partner as much.” It may be simple, but it can make a big difference to the quality of your sleep.

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