It’s never a good idea, but we all do it once (or a dozen times): sleeping with an ex. It usually involves a lot of alcohol or devastation after a breakup with someone else (it’s one of the dumb things we do to try to get over heartbreak). Whatever the events are that lead up to it, they’re usually a blur because we never sleep with an ex when we’re feeling clear-headed and stable. Nobody sleeps with an ex after, say, a well-deserved promotion or a wonderful session in therapy. And just like a night of plenty of alcohol or other recreational substances, sleeping with an ex comes with a hangover—a bad one. But, unlike with an alcohol hangover, we can’t exactly tell people that we’ll be out of commission, or just super grumpy, because we slept with an ex. That makes sense from an alcohol hangover but is a bit less accepted after a sleeping-with-the-ex one. Here is a look at the 24 hours after sleeping with an ex.
The fake chill goodbye
First there are the moments when you’re still with the ex. You wake up at his place. You both have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this but haven’t possibly unpacked them yet. So all you can do is crack a few odd jokes, pretend it’s all good, and…bounce.