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This Bed Moves Your Partner Back To Their Side, Saving Marriages Everywhere

While I've never dealt with a partner who is a bed hog, I do have a friend who is notorious for it.

If you were having a sleepover with her or sharing a bed in a hotel room, there was no chance of a good night's sleep.

If you were lucky, it was just lack of space.

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If you were unlucky, she would somehow steal blankets, pillows, or even knock you off the other side of the bed.

Occasionally, you'd end up trapped beneath her or in an unconscious hug, unable to escape or wake her.

It left me seriously wondering if saving money on the hotel room was worth it.

Eventually, she just became used to sleeping on the hotel room couch.

I'm sure you're familiar with the situation.

In fact, there is a growing trend of couples choosing to sleep in separate beds or even rooms, simply for the sake of a good night of sleep.

The trend even has a nickname: The Night Divorce.

There are plenty of reasons a couple might choose to sleep separately.

It could be conflicting work schedules, disagreements on how much light needs to be in the room, different body temperatures, or the classic loud snorer.

Heck, when I first moved out of my parents' house, my dad slept in my bed one night, desperate for sleep.

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After having the most restful night he'd managed in 30 years, he never went back and my parent's are both happier for it.

Also a big culprit of Night Divorce: the bed hog.

Ford decided to try tackling that specific problem using their Lane-Keeping car technology.

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The technology monitors road markings and will automatically nudge a vehicle back into its lane if it begins to stray towards one side or the other.

The result is the Lane-Keeping Bed.

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Sadly, it's a concept, not an actual product.

It's part of Ford's "Interventions" series, which tries using car technology to solve mundane problems that many of us deal with every day.

The bed is just the most recent of these projects.

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One of the project's most famous concepts has been the Noise-Canceling Kennel, which lets anxious dogs feel safe during noisy events like fireworks or thunderstorms.

I would love one of these for my shih tzu, who is terrified of both of those things.

Using pressure sensors, the bed can tell when someone has strayed from their side.

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When they do, an integrated conveyor belt gently shifts them back to their side of the bed. Basically, the mattress is the conveyor.

The other person also moves, but with far more space on their side again, they're free to roll over and enjoy it.

Since the person with less space is usually being kept awake by the hogging, a quick rollover seems like a small price to pay.

Of course, this is only one of the many ways sharing a bed can cause sleep trouble.

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But I still kind of love the idea. If they ever decide to manufacture a real product, I'd consider it for my next bed purchase.

Although, could we take a moment to discuss the design factor?

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It's design like this that immediately tells you that car people worked on it, not home decor people.

I mean, it may be cool to some people.

But it really doesn't match the style of my home at all.

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Imagine that jagged behemoth in a small room built in the 1910s. Nope. Also, all those angles would really get confusing with my equally angled ceilings.

Responses to the idea have been pretty funny.

Some joked about Ford products needing regular repairs and others smugly tagged their bed-hogging SO as a not-so-subtle dig.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think of this concept.

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