One of the joys of being a child is having sleepovers with friends. Why should we let the kids have all the fun? You can organise your very own adult sleepover with a friend. I did this recently and had a blast!
Here’s why you should consider having an adult sleepover.
1. Deepen a relationship
We often spend only an hour or two with our close friends. Usually it’s over a meal, and one or both have to rush off to other appointments. There’s so little time to catch up that we yak non-stop.
A sleepover gives us much more time to unwind in each other’s company. Closeness grows in the silence, when you’re comfortable enough not to have to talk all the time. And that hour before we nod off at night can give rise to truly intimate conversations.
2. Laugh yourself silly
Seeing our friends in sleeping attire is good for a few laughs. My friend giggled non-stop for two minutes when she saw mine (sorry, no details available!) Laughing together is good for your friendship, and also your health.
3. Change your routine
Sleeping over at a friend’s is almost as good as going away on a vacation, only much cheaper. You get to use someone else’s bathroom and sleep in a strange bed. Also, you get to learn your friend’s bedtime routine. These small details make us more real to each other.
4. Go where the conversation leads
There is no time pressure for either of you to be off anywhere. You won’t need to keep eyeing your watch, and can focus on your conversation. There is room to meander and talk less about day to day activities, and more about things that really matter.
5. Get real together
Life doesn’t get more real than seeing each other with messy hair and bleary eyes in the morning. The married ones already know this! A sleepover removes all privacy for that one morning. You may learn a thing or two about each other you never knew before.
6. Create joyful memories
One night can create joyful memories for a lifetime. You’re likely to remember this sleepover for a long time, compared to the many short meals you have together. One day, you can look back with joy and thankfulness that you had friends crazy enough to have adult sleepovers with you.
Start with just one adult sleepover
I had so much fun with my first sleepover that I started to organise more. Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself and you’ll remember why kids love sleepovers so much. They’re fun!