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Health & Fitness Half of Brit couples sleep apart thanks to annoying bedroom habits

06:25  11 february  2021
06:25  11 february  2021 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Almost a quarter of British couples NO LONGER sleep in the same bed as their partner, according to a new study. Researchers took an in depth look into the bedtime habits of the nation’s couples and discovered the stresses and strains of modern life have resulted in 24 percent of Britons now regularly sleeping separately According to the research by Bensons for Beds , letting children into the marital bed is a major issue, with the average parent allowing their child into bed with them FIVE times a month on average. A further 16 percent said when a child invariably ends up in the marital bed , one of the

New research from Benson for Beds found that one in seven Brits say their relationship is suffering due to disrupted shut-eye. Those annoying nocturnal habits become nightly tortures which leave you resenting your partner. When my fiancé and I first moved in together I would wake up exhausted and angry. When I tell people that my fiancé and I sleep apart , mostly, people seem shocked and are a bit judgey. But rather than the tired (sorry) old cliché that sleeping in separate bedrooms is a death knell for a relationship, it can be the opposite. “To some, sleeping apart implies that there is trouble in

Almost half the couples in Britain are often sleeping apart because of the irritating bedtime habits of their partner, a study shows.

Snoring unsurprisingly tops the list of annoying traits, but other major causes include being too hot, disturbing them when they get up for the loo, taking work to bed and even farting and cutting toenails in bed.

1 in 4 Brits have said their or their partner’s bedtime habits have even caused arguments, and over 1 in 10 have broken up with a past partner because of them according to research by Eve Sleep.

A whopping 8 out of 10 adults (86%) say they have trouble sleeping generally and the research has found that the top reasons behind disrupted sleep are being too hot or cold at night (51%), multiple trips to the loo (28%), being a light sleeper (26%) and that 1 in 4 Brits are stressed about the current world situations i.e. COVID, Brexit or US politics, affecting their sleep.

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Snoring is the most annoying habit in Britain's bedrooms . But around half are disturbed by their spouse hogging the duvet, while four in ten complain of fidgeting. Other infuriating habits to make the top ten include sweating and bad breath. Although Brits moan, more than half of couples said they enjoyed quality time in bed with their loved one with 59 per cent indulging in pillow talk and 49 per cent enjoying a spoon between the sheets. Making important life decisions is also a popular bedtime activity, with one in 10 discussing whether to start a family and 16 per cent talking about marriage and future

There has been a rise in sleep divorce with nearly 1 in 2 often sleeping apart because of their bedtime habits with an average of 4 nights per week of sleeping separately. The main reason for doing this was snoring (41%), tossing and turning in bed (25%), enjoying the extra space in another bed (19%), and being a lighter sleeper than their partner (19%).

Even if they are sharing the same bed, over half (54%) of them go to bed at different times to their partner which can cause issues of its own as they wake their partner up by watching something on their phone or on the TV (25%) or when they climb into bed (22%).

Snoring is the top of list of Britain’s bedtime habits (47%) with tossing and turning second (27%) and falling as sleep at different times to your partner third (22%).

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Couples who sleep in the same bedroom are more likely to experience nocturnal disturbances from their partner (like snoring, bad hygiene, tossing and turning and different schedules). And all this can lead to health problems, sexual dysfunction and marital spats. A 2016 study from Paracelsus Medical University in “While there are benefits to sleeping together, one partner’s troublesome sleeping or annoying bed habits can affect the other and increase production of the stress hormone cortisol, thus causing issues that impact the couple as a whole,” says Mary Jo Rapini, a relationship and intimacy

This backs up the Sleep Council’s 2017 Great British Bedtime Report which showed that ‘ sleep divorces’ are soaring. The report showed that nearly a quarter of couples sleep apart some of the time with one in 10 turning their back on shared snuggling permanently. It’s not surprising then, that all these niggles add up, as do the hours of sleep deprivation, to one unhappy couple . New research from Benson for Beds found that one in seven Brits say their relationship is suffering due to disrupted shut-eye. Those annoying nocturnal habits become nightly tortures which leave you resenting your partner.

Britain’s TOP 10 bedroom habits they find most irritating:

Snoring

44%

Hogging the duvet

31%

Clipping toenails

30%

Farting

27%

Take up too much space in bed

27%

Toss and turning

27%

Eating

24%

Leaving clothes everywhere and not use the washing basket

21%

Playing games or watching something on their phone

21%

Bringing work to bed i.e. your laptop / taking calls / looking at work on your phone

21%

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.”

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They do it because they have different sleep schedules and in general they spend much of the day apart because they like it that way. But they always eat lunch and dinner together, and my grandfather loves to listen to her soft footsteps throughout the day. He calls her “the woman next door.” Girlfriend’s parents do this. They both snore and do it to get away from each other’s snoring. I didn’t think it was that bad until they talked about having to sleep in the same bed during their trip in Europe.

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Dave’s top tips for better sleep for both you and your partner:

  1. Get in sync - The key to getting both the right quantity and quality of sleep is to go to bed and wake up at the same time 7 days a week. Try and go to bed and wake up as a couple. If not, try to set at least one consistent time between you such as setting the same morning alarm, which is easier to control

  2. Silence the snoring - if your partner, or you, is a snorer the first thing to do is to sleep on the side rather than on the back. If needed try wearing earplugs or introducing white noise to block out the snoring. But if all else fails, don’t be afraid to slip off to the spare room or sofa.

  3. Put duvet hogging to bed - the easiest way of combatting a partner who steals the duvet at night is to by a duvet which is larger in size than the bed you are sleeping in. Often the issue is that one partner feels the cold more than the other and grabs the covers. If this is the case having a duvet which suits both partners ( one side warmer than the other) is a great solution as both can be happy in the same temperature of bedroom.

  4. Unwind together - with so much extra stress in the world, switching off at night is getting harder and harder. Avoiding watching the news late at night can help but learning to meditate and relax within a consistent bedtime routine is the best way to switch off from our worries. Make sure you create a healthy evening and sleep routine including baths, books, yoga, relaxation and meditation.

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  5. Create a new communte - Whilst the commute to and from work cost both time and money, it also created a useful transition period. If you are working at home, try to recreate these transitions and boundaries between home and work, and work and home. In the morning you could pop out together for get a take-away coffee and then come back home to work.

While the majority of the nation is working from home, the lines of home and office have been blurred as 1 in 5 Brits have admitted taking work to bed with them.

It has been shown that millenials get more heated, as 54% of the age group say the bedtime habits in their relationship cause arguments vs 18% of the 45-54’s and as little as 4% of the over 65’s.

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."

Sam’s top tips for getting on with your partner in the bedroom:

  1. Make your bedtime ritual one of calm and closeness - Be intimate, affectionate and on the same page about how you want to spend this time. Do something calming that you both enjoy, even if it’s two separate activities with bodies touching. And integrate physical touch, at least to begin, to release oxytocin to help you feel calm and bonded so you relax and drift off more easily.

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  2. Ensure sleeping conditions are right for both - Our emotions are affected by the information absorbed through our senses so think about whether what you are seeing, hearing and feeling is conducive to rest and sleep for both of you. Have the right amount of darkness - hello sleep mask if one of you wants to read. Create an environment that tells your brain you’re in ‘rest mode’ rather ‘work mode’ - remove the reminders of all the things you need to do and any stress or worry associated with them, such as laptops and mess.

  3. Resolve arguments before bedtime - Going to bed in a depressed or anxious state will sabotage your ability to get a good night’s sleep so try your best to resolve issues before bed. If you can’t, at least compassionately agree to resolve stuff after a good night’s sleep, reassuring each other of your love and commitment to one another. Besides, the brain problem-solves whilst sleeping so you may find it easier to resolve problems the following day, so don’t fret if you haven’t the night before, you may do a better job the next day.

  4. Start the day as you mean to go on - When you do wake, make your first encounter loving and affectionate, further reinforcing that sleeping together is an act you enjoy and look forward to, both at night and in the morning.

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