Falling asleep on the sofa involuntarily is not difficult. Whether you fall asleep watching TV or sit down to rest your eyes for a moment and wake up two hours later, the sofa is the most comfortable place in the world and the blanket you have on you is perfect.
However, when you’re officially sleeping on the couch for the night, it’s a whole different story. The same sofa that once looked heavenly now feels hard and lumpy, and is suddenly way too short. No matter how you position yourself, you can’t feel comfortable. And that blanket that kept you warm before? You’re shaking underneath now.
Luckily, there are several ways to make your night on the couch at least a little more comfortable and bearable. Here’s what you need to know.
How to sleep comfortably on a couch at night
A couch will never be a bed (unless it’s a trundle bed, but that’s not what we’re talking about here), and it’s important to approach your night on the couch with that mindset and realistic expectations, especially if you’re tall. That said, here are a few ways to make your night a little easier:
Increase your sleeping area by removing any cushions or pillows other than the seat cushions that will serve as your sleeper sofa’s “mattress” for the night. Removing the back cushions makes the biggest difference, giving you a wider space and more room to stretch out.
It may seem like an unnecessary step, but using sheets to make the sofa up as a bed really helps. No matter how big the sheets are, they will all be too big and will need to be tucked in.
The bottom sheet can help make the separate pillows feel like a single surface and holds the pillows together, so you don’t accidentally unstick one in the middle of the night, taking your bed apart. Also, no matter how soft the couch upholstery is, the sheets are probably softer.
Instead of resting your head on a collection of small, lumpy pillows, use the type of pillow you would use if you slept on a normal bed (if possible). And yes: Put a pillowcase on it (you will already have the sheet in place).
Whether the couch is in a living room, den, home office, or basement, chances are it’s not in a room designed for sleeping, so the heating/air conditioning situation won’t matter. may not be ideal. You might start the night freezing cold and then wake up sweating, or vice versa.
Your best bet is to have a few blankets and layer them as needed, starting with the top sheet. But even if it’s particularly hot and you only need the sheet to start the night, at least have another blanket handy, in case you get cold during the night.
Although you usually sleep on your back, side, or stomach, you may need to experiment with different positions to settle in for a night on the couch. Ideally, the sofa would be long enough for you to stretch out and sleep on your back. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and you may need to curl up in the fetal position.
If you’ve tried everything and still can’t get comfortable or are too tall to fit on the couch, you can always remove the back and seat cushions from the couch, align them to the floor and use it. as a makeshift mattress. Then follow all the steps above (including using sheets to make the bed).
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