Almost half the couples in Britain are often sleeping apart because of the irritating bedtime habits of their partner, a study by Eve Sleep shows. Snoring (41%) tops the list of annoying traits, but other major causes include hogging the duvet (31%), tossing and turning (27%) and taking work to bed (21%).
Boffins have discovered that1 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.
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.
There are simple ways we can try and overcome these bedroom battles, check out the top tips below to create a better sleep partnership:
Get in sync - 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 – agree on times to suit you both.
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.
Stop duvet hogging - 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.
Unwind together - 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 which could include baths, books, yoga, relaxation and meditation.
Create a new communte – the commute to and from work created a useful transition period. If you are now working at home, try to recreate these transitions and boundaries between home and work, and work and home.
Don’t take arguments to bed - 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.