Half of British couples sleep apart because of annoying bedroom habits

Virgin Radio

16 Feb 2021, 18:03

Do you share a bed with your loved one, or does their snoring drive you to distraction?

A new study has found that almost half of the couples in Britain are sleeping apart because their partner has irritating bedtime habits.

At the top of the list of pet peeves is snoring, but other activities include being too hot, disturbing them when they get up for the loo, taking work to bed, farting and cutting toenails in bed.

It can do serious damage to relationships too - over 1 in 10 couples have broken up with a past partner because of them. 1 in 4 Brits has said their or their partner’s bedtime habits have caused arguments.

You might be finding sleep difficult, and there are some surprisingly common reasons.

Those surveyed blamed their disrupted sleep on being too hot or cold at night (51%), multiple trips to the loo (28%), and being a light sleeper (26%).

Meanwhile, 1 in 4 Brits say they are stressed about the current world situations i.e. COVID, Brexit or US politics.

Half of all couples surveyed were sleeping apart because of their bedtime habits.

On average, with an average of 4 nights per week were spent sleeping separately.

Snoring is the main offender at  47% with tossing and turning second (27%) and falling as sleep at different times to your partner third (22%).

Dave Gibson, Sleep Expert for eve sleep, said: “It is certainly true that the year just gone was one of the worst years for sleep in recent memory. Many couples are now essentially living at work with a complete shake-up of their routines. The resulting blurring of work, rest, play, and bedtimes has caused them to be both out of sync with their natural sleep patterns and with their partners, adding to a restless night. There are simple ways we can try and overcome these bedroom battles such as establishing a bedtime routine with your partner, tackling the temperature battle by changing your duvet or by leaving devices in the kitchen, all helping you become the perfect bedfellow.”

Sam Owen, Relationship Coach and Psychologist, said: “The pandemic has really blurred the lines between work and home, and even the bedroom. Our bedrooms are no longer our safe space to relax together after a busy day, instead they are classrooms, offices and even makeshift gyms. Winding down before bed with your partner can help you reconnect after a stressful or busy day, helping you to offload the mind and provide that much-needed love and support to one another."