If a nap re-energizes you, it can do the same for your relationship. And it’s not just because it gives you a chance to cuddle (or to take other advantage of your proximal horizontality). Napping together is like synchronizing your watches: You reset your internal clocks and wake up in tune with each other. An example: Lauren is usually too type A to “waste” daylight hours sleeping.
On a typical Sunday afternoon, while her boyfriend took a siesta, she’d go for a run. But afterward, with Tim rejuvenated and Lauren winding down, their evening together felt disjointed. When they made it a dual snooze, it was a whole different story. They woke up with the same energy level and a connection that lasted the rest of the day.
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Make a splash.
The bath as a seduction scene is almost a cliche. As a friend of ours with an enormous tub for two (yes, he’s a bachelor), points out: “If there’s anything sexier than being naked together, it’s being naked and wet.” But there’s a bigger benefit: A bath for you both means enforced intimacy. You’re stripped down, soaped up, and stuck in a small space for at least as long as it takes for the water to cool.
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The situation almost begs for the kind of important discussions that kids, phones, and dirty dishes so easily derail. Anne and her husband of five years have made it a ritual: They were sharing baths when they decided to take jobs in London, to have a second child, and to buy a vacation house. They use their time in the tub to unwind and focus on being a couple. So the next time your plans involve no plans, why not soak, snooze, or relax with that new novel ... together? You’ll turn staying in into something special.