The "cuddle mattress" will help you cuddle if you are having a difficult time cuddling

Numb limbs and strained necks, be gone!

Published August 29, 2013 3:18PM (EDT)

   (Cuddle Mattress)
(Cuddle Mattress)

Cuddling, while very nice in theory, can often be very uncomfortable. In an effort to feel a little less alone in an indifferent and sometimes hostile world, people suffer through numb limbs, strained necks and persistent renegotiations of bodily alignment that disrupt restful sleep. And, as we all know, not getting enough sleep is slowly killing us all.

Hoping to address these hazards (sleep discomfort, human loneliness), someone has invented a mattress that allows you to wedge your arms and feet in between a series of pillowy slats, which may help to better facilitate cuddling. The mattress also comes with specialized fitted sheets, which may help to better facilitate sanitary sleeping conditions.

Mehdi Mojtabavi's innovation is not yet in production, but the "Cuddle Mattress" prototype won a 2007 Red Dot award and was a 2008 Industrial Designers Society of America finalist. And while Mojtabavi failed to raise $75,000 in start-up money through a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign, he is currently seeking other investors to get his idea on the market.

But in the meantime, here is a highly scientific instructional video to help you deal with cuddle-related discomfort:

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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