Last night I was feeling in a bit of rut, so I decided to shake things up a bit. I got ready for bed as usual, but then as I was turning down the covers, I thought to myself, "How many times have I done this the same way in the same manner, night after night, year after year? Always on the left side, first lying on my back, then eventually shifting to my right side. For as long as I've had this mattress and probably the mattress before. Single people choose sides, and I apparently chose mine and stuck to it.
I flipped back up the covers, then went to the other side. I have a lamp and night table on either side. I imagine the light on the right side has many more hours left in it, than the left. I called the dogs and put them on the bed as usual, but confused them by getting in on the wrong (right) side. But dogs are flexible I guess. I got into bed and they quickly assumed the reverse of their usual positions. (Before you judge me for sleeping with dogs, don't. I have always and will always sleep with my boys. The bed would be so empty otherwise!)
Anyway, I felt strange. It was as if something was not right, but I persevered. I turned out the light, and surprisingly, fell fast asleep. In fact, I slept rather well. Soundly. Very weird I suppose, but changing sides, didn't change much for the night. And, surprise surprise, I awoke in the morning, still on the wrong (right) side.
But then came the getting out.
It's not true. Getting out of bed on the wrong side, is just like getting out of bed on the right side. Even when the right side had been the left for years and years and the wrong side is the right side. There were a few wrinkles in the day, but overall, I was not grumpy, did not have a bad day, and went about life as usual. I guess sleep in sleep and a bed is a bed and a side is to be chosen, and chosen again. It's up to the sleeper.
I suggest you try it. Would love to hear about your experience in this experiment. And maybe you won't have to turn the mattress so often if you use both sides!
Disclaimer: Any typos or grammatical errors in this blog are probably because I got up on the wrong side of the bed!