By Lisa Artis on February 14, 2017
Did you know that one in six couples regularly, if not always, sleep in separate beds?
The reasons for not sharing a bed vary from snoring, illnesses and sleep disturbances to different work schedules, different sleep schedules or disagreements on firmness of the mattress or how hot/cold the bed/bedroom is.
However cosying up with your other half seems to aid good quality sleep with results from a survey revealing that 82% of those who sleep very well always share their bed, while 17% of those who sleep very poorly are sleeping alone.
With around 50% of sleep disturbance caused by sharing a bed here’s our top tips for ensuring you have a successful night under the duvet together:
• Make sure you’ve got enough duvet to go around! Duvet hogging is a common grumble amongst those sharing a bed.
• Take snoring seriously. It’s really very annoying especially if it’s a regular occurrence and one of the main factors in why couples sleep separately. See a GP for advice if you have a snoring problem.
• Buy a bigger bed. Did you know that a double bed only gives you and your partner the same space to sleep in as a cot? With the average person tossing and turning up to 60 times a night you’re bound to be disturbed by a restless sleeper. Not only is it investment in your sleep, it’s investment for your relationship.
• Turn off gadgets before bed – they’re a turn off for your partner too! Plus the blue light that emits from mobiles, iPads etc can unconsciously play havoc with your body’s circadian rhythms and wake you up at inopportune times.
• Ensure the shared bed is comfortable for both partners and not just suited to one, so shop together for a new bed. Modern technology means even couples with different comfort and support preferences can find a bed that suits them both thanks to zip-and-link or zoned mattresses.
Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day – enjoy!
*One in six couples regularly, if not always, sleep in separate beds. Two thirds claim that sleeping apart has had a negative impact on their relationship – making them feel more distant and harming their sex life. (Ergoflex, July 2013)
**Sharing your bed with your other half seems to aid good quality sleep, as 82% of those who sleep very well always share their bed, while 17% of those who sleep very poorly are sleeping alone. (The Sleep Council’s Great British Bedtime Report, March 2013)