My 9mm stays within arms reach most of the time I'm home and it moves to the top of my nightstand when I go to bed. I also have a S & W 686 357 concealed in a sliding nightstand top. My wife has her 9mm on her nightstand. Our guns are either always loaded or handeled as if loaded.
I hear that Jack Bauer sleeps with a pillow under his gun but haven't tried that yet.