How to Get a Good Night's Sleep on a Sofa

Whether you overestimated how many guests you had staying over or lost a blazing row (again), there's a certain skill to spending the night on the sofa. Since sleeping downstairs will sometimes be unavoidable, we have a checklist of things you should refer to next time you find yourself missing out on the comfort of your own bed.

1. Take as much bedding as possible. While it might not be advisable to try negotiating the best pillow from a disgruntled partner, you’ll want to make sure you grab as much bedding as you can. The sofa can be a harsh sleeping environment. 

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2. Remove the back cushions. Give yourself some room to play with - you don’t want to be dangling off the edge, or falling face-first on the floor in the middle of the night.  

3. Put down a bed sheet. This one’s especially important if you’re unlucky enough to be sleeping on a leather sofa. Covering it with a base layer will stop you from waking up drenched in sweat, or having to peel yourself free in the morning. 

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4. It’s all about positioning. If you don’t have a nice three-seater to bed down on, then you’ll just have to make the best of it. Try curling up in the foetal position, or hanging your legs over the arm.  

5. Pillow. The pillow is crucial to successful sofa sleeping. If you didn’t manage to grab one, then find a substitute, such as a balled-up jumper, and wedge it between the arm of the sofa and your head.  

6. Blanket. It’s no use trying to tough it out in just a T-shirt. Remember - real men get cold, too. You might have to get inventive again if you don’t have a blanket handy; try draping a thick coat over yourself. If that fails, hit the Scotch.

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