I value my snooze time, and I'm not afraid to say it. I'm sure you do, too.
So, if there's someone else in your bed who's disrupting your sleep schedule — even if they're a great cuddler — there's going to be a problem.
In fact, science says the reason most couples are getting crappy shut-eye is because they're sharing a bed.
Not only will disrupted sleep lead to an extremely irritable morning, but past research has also shown it can lead to an increase in depression, heart disease, stroke, skin damage and suicidal tendencies.
Given this, it's surprising more couples don't go into marriage right off the bat with the agreement that two beds are better than one.
If you're still sharing a bed with your SO or having regular sleepovers, here are five legitimate reasons why, sometimes, it's OK to say no to spooning time and hello to your own twin bed:
1. Your SO's snoring is painfully loud.
If I'm trying to sleep, I need silence. A loud air conditioner can make me uneasy, and if a television's volume is too high, I'll toss and turn for hours.
If your SO's dinosaur snores are loud enough to wake you from a deep slumber, then you're better off sleeping alone anyway.
But if you can't go one night without feeling bae next to you, you might want to stock up on ear plugs ASAP.
2. They steal the blankets.
There have been too many instances where I'm in bed with a friend or a part-time lover, and my peaceful sleep has been rudely interrupted after realizing my bare ass (sleeping naked is everything) has been exposed the entire night.
If you want to sleep next to me, especially in the comfort of my own room, then you must abide by my rules.
So if you're a sheet hogger, you're more than welcome to get cozy on the couch.
3. They move and talk in their sleep all the time.
Odds are, you've talked in your sleep before.
Hey, I've even had someone tell me I hoot like an owl in my sleep. But, there's a big difference between some innocent barn animal noises and full-blown screeching.
If your night terrors cause you to howl, kick and mosh around in your bed every night, may the odds be ever in your favor in finding someone who can deal with that.
4. They're just way too goddamn warm.
While I'm thankful for heat in my apartment during these cold, winter months, I don't enjoy my room becoming so unbearably hot that I feel my skin slowly melting off.
And trying to sleep while your SO has white-hot heat radiating from her body is so, so much worse.
On top of the sweat I produce on my own, imagine what happens if you mix all of that with the body heat of the person snuggled next to you?
It ain't pretty.
5. They starfish.
During any sort of downtime, odds are you'll find me sprawled out like a full-on starfish, attempting to soak up whatever space and quiet time I can get.
If I try to factor in another person, my new-and-improved mattress goes from a one-person comfy kingdom to a two-person confinement square.
If you enjoy stretching and moving at free will in your bed, with no fear of elbowing someone in the middle of the night, you may be best sleeping solo.
Trust me, there's nothing wrong with keeping your bed as a safe space for you and only you.
That's not to say your SO can't ever sleep over. Just carve out some quality time for those snuggles before bedtime.
Or, you know, when you don't have to work the next day (which FEELS LIKE NEVER).