Love cuddling in bed, but can’t find a comfortable position to do so? This is your time to rejoice; your prayers have been answered. No longer will dead arms be a worry when you’re snuggling up with your special someone.
You know what I’m talking about here – that dreaded dulling numbness that eventually sets in during a spooning session, almost inevitably as soon as the spoonee has blissfully drifted off to sleep. Pain in the arse, isn’t it? Well, the arm.
US-based company Coodle has now solved the problem with a special pillow that makes spooning a much more comfy activity for affectionate couples.
The Coodle pillow is a memory foam pillow styled into an arch shape, with plastic ribs inside to help it keep its shape.
Basically, it takes the weight of the spoonee’s head off the spooner’s arm, allowing it to fit snuggly through the arch.
Although $65 (£49) might feel a little pricey, it’s a specialist pillow – just think how fancy you’ll feel when you tell your mates you’ve got one of those – meaning you can spend more time locked in a sweet embrace with your other half.
The pillow was invented by real-life couple Bob and Shirley, who love cuddling up to watch TV, according to the product website.
Having come up with the idea for a solution to the age-old problem, Bob cut foam and bent plastic in his oven to create a tunnel-shaped pillow, and eventually named it the ‘Coodle’before securing a utility patent from the United States Patent Office.
“A concept, a dream, an invention can spark a person’s spirit so that it bypasses doubt and fear. Making the leap, big or small, is something we all do in our lives. We won’t know success if we let that opportunity pass or fade away,” the website states.
Of course, you don’t only have to use the Coodle pillow for spooning – it’s ideal for lone soldiers too.
The website recommends you use it to prop yourself up when doing things like watching TV, or even just so you’re not lying completely flat in bed.
However, unfortunately for Brits, the pillow is currently only available for our friends across the pond in the US – but we can live in hope that one day it’ll be our turn too.
Next they just need to solve the problem of the spoonee’s hair getting in the mouth of the spooner, and then we’ve got this tricky art all sorted.
Here are seven easy steps from The Sleep Council to help improve your sleep this National Bed Month.
- Your Bedroom
A clean, peaceful and welcoming bedroom will aid a better night’s sleep. Make sure your room it completely dark and invest in a blackout blind or curtains, or an eye mask might be a cheaper alternative. Your bedroom should not be too hot or too cold, around 16-18° C (60-65° F) is recommended. Scents such as lavender and germanium are naturally calming, so invest in some essential oils to help you drift off. Remember, these should not be used in pregnancy or children’s rooms.
- Your Bed
Do you ever wake up with neck or back ache? When lying in bed, do you feel springs or ridges beneath the surface? Avoid the ‘Seven Year Hitch’ – the point at which existing beds may still look good but are beginning to offer less support than a new one*. What better time than National Bed Month to invest in a better night’s sleep if your bed is seven years old or more?
- Your Lifestyle
The 21st century lifestyle is typically fast paced, chaotic and jam-packed with technology. From the moment we wake up, we’re continuously being fed content from smart phones, TV, radio and social media feeds. All this non-stop stimulation causes havoc when we’re trying to fall asleep. Switch off your tech a couple of hours before bedtime – that includes your phone! Also try reducing the intensity of artificial light in your home by using dimmer switches or low wattage bulbs.
- Stress and Worry
Scientists have found a direct correlation between anxiety and rhythm of sleep. When a person is anxious their heart rate increases, which causes the brain to ‘race’, too. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help ‘unlearn’ negative thought processes through psychological treatment. Deep breathing and meditation before bed can help slow down your busy brain activity. Also, give yourself a positive affirmation before going to sleep. Instead of thinking ‘the mortgage is due and I don’t have the money to pay it’, say aloud ‘we will find a way to pay the mortgage this month.’
- Your Diet
They say you are what you eat, and when it comes to getting a restful night’s sleep, the food and drink you consume has a drastic effect. The best foods for sleep include milk, cherries, chicken and rice, while fatty meat, curry and alcohol are some of the worst. Some people choose not to eat after 6pm, as late meals can make it difficult to sleep. However, if you are tempted to have something before bed, reach for a milky drink or a soothing herbal tea.
Sports and exercise can help you to enjoy a better quality of sleep. Working out effectively can tire your body out gently, promoting a better night’s sleep. But don’t over-do it right before bedtime – wearing yourself out physically is not likely to induce sleepiness. In fact, it can often be counter-productive, leading to additional alertness when trying to sleep.
- Relaxation and other therapies
Demanding jobs, long hours and active families all contribute to a hectic lifestyle, and that’s not helped by the intense media that surrounds us. These elements make it very difficult to wind down, so try to relax and insist on some ‘me time’ before going to bed. Have a warm bath, listen to some quiet music or do some yoga – these all help to relax both the mind and body.