Athletics Magazine

Switching Sides

By Brisdon @shutuprun

Today I ran. Tempo. 6 miles. 5:30 a.m. 157 average heart rate. Now, onto more critical matters.

Two nights ago, Ken and I switched sides of the bed. You may not think this is a big deal, but it is.

Switching Sides

For the past 18 years, I go to the right, he goes left. We do it in tents, hotels, homes we visit – you name it (I am talking about sides of the bed here, get your filthy mind out of the gutter). The kids know to go to the right (my side) in the middle of the night when they are puking because dad will not wake up, or pretend to not wake up.

But, the other night my parents were here for dinner and they said they made “The Switch.” After 50 years. Damn them. Ken looked at me and told me it was time to give up old habits. I said, “No, I can’t do it. I hate change.”  It is very easy to be married to me.

Later that night I went to bed early. I got a wild hair. In a  frenzy I moved pillows and clock radios. I relocated nightstand contents and water glasses. I then got into my new side of the bed, smirking at how shocked Ken would be. I fell asleep.

Morning came. I was refreshed. This SS (Switching Sides) thing was the bomb! Who said change sucks? This is the key to good sleeping, the secret to happiness. They meaning of life!

I noticed Ken was quiet.

Me (smiling, smug): Hey, were you so surprised when you got into bed last night?
Ken: Yup.
Me: I slept great. How about you?
Ken: I slept awful. Your side of the bed sucks. There is something wrong with that side.
Me: Well, I’m not switching back. Do I really have to switch back? It was your idea.

So, we didn’t SB (Switch Back). Not yet. I slept great again last night. When mama’s happy, everyone’s happy, right? Then I got to thinking: is it true you can really get up on the wrong side of the bed? Is one side better than the other?

Yes, and it’s the LEFT SIDE, according to this study. But, which left side? Is the left side of the bed determined by when you are laying with your head on the pillow staring at the ceiling, or when you are standing and looking at your bed? Is it like a car where the “side” is determined when you are sitting in it?

Anyway, this study says,

“3,000 adults found that that those who sleep on the left are generally more cheerful, but they are also more positive and capable of tackling heavy workloads and a stressful day ahead. More than a quarter of people who snooze on the left side of the bed feel they have a really positive outlook on life in general, compared to 18 per cent of right-side sleepers.”

Who knew? This is all so confusing. Think I’ll just sleep like this:


Do you have a favorite side of the bed? Would you switch?


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