The European Style of Sleeping: Two Duvets vs. One Comforter

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The European Style of Sleeping: Two Duvets vs. One Comforter

To Share or Not to Share?

Are you tired of fighting over the covers with your significant other every night? Maybe it’s time to consider the European style of sleeping where you stop sharing the covers with your partner and you each get your own. The trend of couples using two separate duvets is believed to have originated in European countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other Scandinavian countries where this traditional style is popular enough that people often refer to it as Scandinavian-style sleeping. Although the practice has been gaining popularity, do couples who sleep with separate duvets sleep better than the traditional Western way of sleeping under a shared blanket?


Couple lying together in the same bed back-to-back under separate duvets sleeping Scandinavian style.

Sleeping together under separate covers is also called sleeping Scandinavian-style.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into some of the pros and cons of couples sleeping European-style with separate duvets instead of sharing one, so you can decide what’s best for you and your partner.

The Pro’s of Separate Covers

1 – Personalized Temperature Control

When you sleep with a partner, it can be difficult to find a temperature that works for both of you. One person may be hot, while the other is cold. By sleeping with two individual duvets, each person can control their own temperature without disturbing their partner. They can choose a thicker or thinner duvet depending on their preference and even switch to a lighter one in the summer months. For temperature reasons alone, sleeping with separate covers could mean better sleep.

2 – No More Cover Stealing

We’ve all been there, waking up in the middle of the night to find that your partner has stolen all the covers. With two individual duvets, there is no need to fight over the covers anymore. You can each have your own covers and sleep soundly without worrying about waking up cold.

3 – Reduce Sleep Disturbances

If you or your partner tend to move around a lot during the night, sharing one comforter can be a real problem. You may end up tangling yourself in the covers or pulling them off the bed altogether. By sleeping with two individual duvets, you can move more freely under separate covers without disturbing your partner’s sleep and vice versa. This can help reduce disturbances from a restless partner and improve your overall sleep quality.

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The Con’s of Individual Comforters

Less Intimacy with Separate Covers

One of the downsides of sleeping with two individual duvets is that it can reduce the feeling of closeness between partners. Instead of snuggling up under one shared cover, you are each under your own separate duvets. Although you’d ditch the top sheet and instead sleep with a duvet encased in a cover, this can feel less cozy and may not be ideal for couples who prioritize physical intimacy.

Higher Cost to Buy Two

Buying two individual duvets can be more expensive than buying one shared comforter but its definitely less expensive than buying two beds! Although when sharing the same bed, you would be purchasing two twin or twin XL size duvets versus a queen or king size, the cost difference may not be that much in the long run. However, if you’re on a budget, this may not be a feasible option for you.

Separate Covers: Worth Trying?

In conclusion, sleeping European-style with two individual duvets can be a great option for couples who have trouble finding a comfortable temperature, who move around a lot during the night, or who struggle with cover stealing. Separate covers can mean better sleep, too. However, it may not be ideal for those who prioritize physical intimacy or who are on a tight budget.

While some may argue that it takes away from intimacy, for others, a better night’s sleep is more essential. Ultimately, it comes down to what works for each couple. If you’re hesitant, try incorporating this method during the weekdays and see how it works. Who knows, you might end up being a fan of this European style of sleeping with two duvets!

Whatever you choose, make sure it promotes a calm, restful night’s sleep.

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Notably, SAMINA offers twin duvets for adults who want to sleep with separate duvets like they do in Austria where every SAMINA product is born.

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