We may face many difficulties in our relationship with our significant other but perhaps one that doesn’t get enough attention is the bed hogging that sometimes takes place.
The majority of us are able to get through the night without any serious issues but that isn’t the case for everyone. When you have a partner that tends to gravitate to your side of the bed, it can make it miserable. Some people suffer with this problem silently for years.
If you fall into that category, you are going to love this new invention by Ford. It is known as the Lane-Keeping Bed and it automates the process of getting the bed-hogger back to their own side.
It works by using pressure sensors and rotating the mattress as needed to pull the offender back to their side again. At the end of the night, you can both wake rested.
Ford used its lane-centering technology that helps to keep drivers in their own lane.
Dr. Neil Stanley is a sleep expert who talks about how sensitive people are to being disturbed while they sleep.
He said: “When sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed.
“Humans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so we’re programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly.
“If someone moves on to your side of the bed, this defense mechanism will kick in and you’ll have a broken night, often while they continue to sleep soundly. I’ve seen it ruin relationships.”
Sounds great, right? Actually, there is a downside. It may take some time before the bed is ready for your home.
Ford decided not to share the Lane-Keeping Assist technology with others.
Anthony Ireson, of Ford in Europe, said: “We thought that showing how similar thinking could be applied to a bed would be a great way to highlight to drivers a technology that they might not previously have been aware of.”
If you simply can’t take one more night of your partner’s hogging style, perhaps the US military can help. They have a method that allows anyone to fall asleep in only 120 seconds.
It is discussed in the book entitled: ‘Relax and Win: Championship Performance’, which claims a 96% success rate, even on the battlefield.
How do you do it?
Step One: Relax your facial muscles. That includes your jaw, tongue, and the muscles around your eyes.
Step Two: Quit hunching those shoulders! Drop them as low as possible before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, then the other.
Step Three: Breathe out and relax your chest. Then, relax your legs, starting with the thighs and then your lower legs.
Step Four: After ten seconds of deep relaxation, completely clear your mind.
The final step requires you to picture one of the following 3 images.
- Lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you
- Being snuggled up in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room
- Saying ‘don’t think, don’t think, don’t think’ over and over for ten seconds
OK Ford, I think we’ve waited long enough.