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The Love Mattress: Modern Sleeping Solutions for Couples

Sleeping entwined with another is a novel concept, but there's always the problem of that extra arm. Where does one put it? Mehdi Mojtabvi's Love Mattress offers a simple solution for the chronic limp arm that often results from sleeping while wrapped in a prolonged embrace.

Mojtabvi has studied the embracing styles of couples while in bed and has confirmed what we all know -- that having your arm flattened under your partner's body for prolonged periods of cuddling isn't exactly comfortable. What's more, it may even prove detrimental to your health! Technically speaking, it puts abnormal pressure on the muscles, blood vessels and nerves, and over time can result in a condition termed "radial neuropathy," whose symptoms include weakness in wrist dorsiflexion and finger extension.

Finally, an answer to this age-old predicament has arrived! Winner of the red dot design concept award in 2007, the idea of the Love Mattress is simple: A solid unit makes up the middle portion of the bed, with several adjoining strips of foam connected at either end. Between these slats one can drop their shoulder or arm, allowing for a much more comfortable sleeping position while remaining all snuggled up.

Each polyurethane-injected foam strip is covered with a smooth fabric which allows for easy sliding, and after assembly the whole mattress can be covered with a standard bed linen. Not only is it good for sharing with another, but it also works for other positions, like stomach sleeping, where you can let your foot dip into the gaps.

So, say goodbye to that slack arm. Right now it's still only a concept, but if the Love Mattress hits production mode you'll be good to go for hours of fine spooning action.

 Since you can't get this mattress on the market yet, maybe you can try  this well-reviewed love cushion to help get you ready to sleep.

Found at red dot.

Comments
Jan 3, 2008
by Scrummy (not verified)

But what about the sheets

Seems like a nifty idea, but you'd have to sleep on the mattress without a sheet. I think it'd get kinda gunky after awhile.

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Sheet sets?

I love the idea, but how will we keep this clean? Will they come with sheets?

Jan 3, 2008
by Barrie (not verified)

LAME, SO LAME. If I ever

LAME, SO LAME. If I ever saw one of my guy friends with this I would lose all respect for him.

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

-5 wrong usage

Novel means something new. The mattress is novel but the thought of sleeping entwined is not.

nov·el –adjective
of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before: a novel idea.

Jan 3, 2008
by ... (not verified)

wow... jerk much?

wow... jerk much?

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

wtf?

wtf?

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

A Really Good Idea

I've always tried to figure out a way to sleep with another person comfortably while cuddling up. This is fantastic.

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Barrie!!!!!!

I doubt that any of your "friends" would lose much if they lost *your* respect. Go get a job.

Jan 3, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

as far as sheets go.. maybe

as far as sheets go.. maybe they could create something like individual almost pillow case like covers for each individual foam slab. a bit ridiculous to wash but well worth it for that bed

Jan 4, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

This is actually an amazing

This is actually an amazing Idea. I will get one when if comes out because I always have the problem of my arm falling asleep when my girlfriend stays over night.

Jan 4, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

xkcd

(Referring to the XKCD Comment)

That's EXACTLY what I was thinking... I'm just too lazy to look for the link

Jan 4, 2008
by woo (not verified)

the amazing mattress

I invented this (in my head to myself) years ago. Its fantastic, an absoloutly wonderful idea! I want one. No need for silly sheets and laundry nonsense. just get a sheet too large for the mattress. That would work?

Jan 4, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

if your girlfriend wasn't

if your girlfriend wasn't there you could fuck one of the cracks!

Jan 4, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Good luck cleaning this

Good luck cleaning this thing after you have sex. Ew :(

Jan 4, 2008
by Just-thinking (not verified)

custom sheets possible

Custom sheets could be designed that have pleats that go into the cracks at the locations most desired.. It wouls take a while to put them on and get them arranged, but it would sure be better that trying to keep the mattress clean otherwise.

Jan 5, 2008
by Lo-couk (not verified)

Matress

The kids would break/sprain their ankles when they jumpped on it.. wouldn't it go a bit crispy after a few years use with all those "Juices" on it?

Jan 5, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

shit, even if she is there

shit, even if she is there

Jan 5, 2008
by David Walker (not verified)

If only they had been

If only they had been available 40 years ago!!

Jan 5, 2008
by Bob (not verified)

Please.

Men, be men dammit. I, unlike some I suppose, like to cuddle. But when my arm starts to tingle, its not so fun anymore. So I change the fucking position. You don't need to sacrifice your comfort for your loved one. And if you do, or feel you do, you have oneitous. Get over it ASAP.

Jan 5, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

All of you morons must have

All of you morons must have stopped reading before the end.

It says you can use standard bed linens. Christ almighty, reading is fundamental, people!

Jan 6, 2008
by sweetaction (not verified)

seriously! what about the sheets.

o.k. great concept if you don't want to use sheets ever.

Jan 6, 2008
by Man Lee Man (not verified)

Like, this is stupid

er, yah... if i ever saw one of my male friends with one of these, i would, like, lose all repect for him because, like, only women and gays like cuddling. like, whatever. if a guy had this mattress it must mean he's like, gay or a cross dresser or something. this idea is like, totally gay. i've never had a girlfriend but like, this is gay. liberachi gay.

/reaches for watery budweiser, kleenex and heads to xtube.com/

Jan 6, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

nice comment

Now we know why you never had a girlfriend ...... jus order the matress and excet your gay

Jan 6, 2008
by XKCD reader (not verified)

XKCD

(in reference to the other two comments)
I was thinking the same thing when I saw this. Someone should let the author know so he can get in on this.

Jan 8, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

like, like like like, like omg.

jesus christ you faggot, is the word "like" 90% of your entire vocabulary? are you chris crocker or something? manly my ass.

Jan 8, 2008
by porkey (not verified)

crack ass matress

MMMHHHH.... I dont remember the last time I saw one of my buddies matress.should anyone see their friends matress unless they get jiggy with'em???
Another thing, what are pillows for????
I just think it's a stupid idea,I get good enough traction with the foot board,who needs cracks in a matress????

Jan 9, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Fucking stupid, anyone who

Fucking stupid, anyone who buys this is a tool, imagine all the awkward situations you'd be put into with your family or friends, this shit isn't revolutionary, and XKCD is the shittiest comic thread ever.

Jan 13, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

Amazing

This is the sweetest invention I've ever seen. I need one right away. Anyone who doesn't get it needs to try sleeping with someone else.

Jan 16, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

XKCD

If you think XKCD is a shitty comic, you probably don't have a sufficient number of I.Q. points to speak on the subject. What I really mean is that you are stupid and should shut up.

So shut up, Stupid.

Feb 7, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

i don't get it

it says it can be covered with a standard bed linen, but when you put a sheet on it, you won't be able to get your arm and foot into the cracks.