Two duvets, one love: How the Scandinavian sleep method transformed my nights

By Fatou Ferraro Mboup

Updated Jan 5, 2024 at 03:23 PM

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Over two months ago, I moved in with my boyfriend, and don’t get me wrong, it has been beautiful—sharing our spaces, Netflix and chill, and the whole shebang. But let me share a little secret: amid the lovey-dovey chaos, I stumbled upon something that has truly changed the game. Get ready for the Scandinavian sleeping method.

What is the Scandinavian sleep method?

One day, while scrolling down my TikTok FYP, I came across a post about the Scandinavian sleep method, which felt like a divine intervention. Just days before, I was talking to my friend on the phone about how hard it had been trying to fall asleep lately. You see, my charming partner seems to be on a mission to rival the efficiency of a thermos, and let me tell you, sleeping in the same bed as him has felt like a sweaty sauna.

But not anymore! I heard that the viral trend of the Scandinavian sleep method, also known as the Copenhagen sleep method, has improved the sleep of tons of different couples. So, I immediately delved into this alternative, which consists of couples sleeping in the same bed but each under their own cover (usually without a top sheet).

And boy, has it been a ride. At first, I was almost scared to try. Were we turning into one of those couples that barely touch each other and need separate corners in order to sleep? But now a month in, I’m here to reassure you that I couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact, my sleep has been absolutely amazing!

@sareishh

One of the things I learned on my trip to Copenhagen 😮‍💨 they use two twin duvets insted of 1 king size… never sharing a duvet again 😁😁😁 #scandinavianstyle #scandinavianinterior #bedroomtips

♬ Stompin At The Savoy - Benny Goodman

Couples who sleep together supposedly stay together, but let’s be real, the nightly habits of your significant other can oftentimes lead to sleep disruptions. The Better Sleep Council suggests that sleeping next to a loved one can release oxytocin, aka the “cuddle chemical’, promoting a sense of calmness and security for better sleep. However, issues like snoring and duvet hogging can disrupt this sleep haven, trust me…

How to make your bed for the Scandinavian sleep method

On TikTok, #couplessleepingproblems has gained over 6.5 million views, with duvet hogging emerging as a common complaint. However, a clever TikTok video by Cecilia Blomdahl, a Scandinavian cabin owner, has introduced a solution that users are hailing as “life-changing.”

@sejsejlija

the Scandinavian way to GREAT sleep ✨️ #svalbard #longyearbyen

♬ Metamorphosis - Danilo Stankovic

In her video, Blomdahl explains the Scandinavian approach to bedding, emphasising the use of two duvets laid side by side—one for each person in the bed. The comments section echoes the sentiment, with users affirming that “two duvets save relationships” and expressing their newfound appreciation for this Scandinavian tradition.

“If you find yourself playing a never-ending battle of tug-of-war with the duvet and waking up duvet-less halfway through the night, the Scandinavian sleep method will finally put the cover-hogger issue to bed,” says Jessica Hanley, founder of bedding company Piglet in Bed.

@shopshannonsweeney

The Scandinavian Sleep Method is relationship saving!!!! 🛌😮‍💨 when we got married, we struggled to sleep comfortably. My husband’s grandparents lived in Norway for a few years, and they kept doing this.. so we tried it! We’ve never turned back 😂 Instead of two duvets, my husband uses the quilt (he prefers it) and we haven’t used a top sheet in years. Theyre always in the way anyways 😂 We just wash the duvet cover/quilt like you would the sheet, and its sooooo much better. As far as styling, if you dont want the crease in the middle of the bed, i would just double up on duvets! Just put one ontop of the other, and it will look super fluffy which is better anyways 🪶 ☁️ #homedecor #interiordecor #scandiaesthetic #scandinaviansleepmethod

♬ My Love Mine All Mine - Mitski

So, to wrap up what we learned from this new sleeping method and to fully adopt the Scandinavian sleep style, you’ll have to lay two twin duvets on the bed, overlapping them for coverage. For added comfort, drape a textured throw or bedspread at the bed’s bottom. This method not only addresses duvet disputes but also allows partners to choose duvets that suit their individual temperature preferences.

What are the benefits of the Scandinavian sleep method?

The benefits of the Scandinavian sleep method lie in a subtle yet impactful shift in duvet dynamics. While we often view our duvet as a basic sleep necessity, the method emphasises the importance of personal space within shared sleeping quarters, fostering an environment where both partners can revel in undisturbed, deep slumber. The result? A restful night that leaves you invigorated and ready to face the day.

It will also enhance the quality of your sleep, cocooning yourself in a personalised haven and turning bedtime into a more enjoyable and peaceful experience. Who knew that a simple shift in duvet dynamics could make such a difference? Move over, bedtime battles—the Scandinavian sleep method is here to save the night!

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