After my son was born, he had problems regulating his body temperature, and my doctor insisted I co-sleep with my son, skin-to-skin, in order to help him maintain a level body temperature. The first night of my son's night was spent by my side, and I realized that we would be co-sleeping for the foreseeable future. Of course, I was afraid that co-sleeping would negatively affect my intimate relationship with my partner but, it turns out, there are so many reasons why co-sleeping doesn't mean the end of your sex life. In fact, all it really means is that you have to get a little more creative.
At first, sex and co-sleeping weren't an issue because I wasn't physically able or mentally ready to have sex again. However, when I got the clear from the doctor and I felt like sex was something I wanted to experience with my partner, we both realized that co-sleeping hadn't ruined our chances of getting it on. In fact, in so many ways, co-sleeping actually helped us maintain an active sex life, if only because we were getting more sleep because, well, our son slept better when he was in bed with us.
There's always that kind of funny, kind of sad trope about "new parents never having sex again," but that just isn't the case, especially if you don't want it to be. Like anything else in either parenting or in a romantic relationship, it might take some extra effort and a little ingenuity, but here are a few reasons why co-sleeping doesn't mean your sex life has died: