Bad Bediquette Causing Friction Between the Sheets

Nearly three-quarters of the nation have considered splitting from their partners, 78% have considered moving house and 80% have thought about moving to the spare room – and all because of bad bed etiquette.

Sleep-deprived shoppers admitted the detrimental effect that sharing a bed can have on relationships when asked whether or not they have an extra duvet to guard against a cover-hogging partner.

This was in response to a 41% growth in sales of single duvets which traditionally sell in fewer numbers than doubles, and a 24% growth in sales of king size beds.

Says Steve Lightfoot, Trading Director for Home at Debenhams, “Our research has revealed the true level of resentment a bad-bed partner creates in the relationship – 10% of people we questioned have pushed their partner out of bed in frustration!”

Those suffering from foul-play in bed said that they lost an average of two hours sleep every night to naughty night-time habits.

Men are the biggest culprits for bad bediquette – 16% more men than women were identified as creating an uncomfortable sleeping environment for their partners.

The most common bed offence was the ‘tuck and roll’ – the culprit holds onto the duvet and rolls onto their front, leaving their bed-buddy out in the cold.

Also a huge bugbear was the ‘midnight shuffle’ – when one person insists on sleeping pressed against the other. When the victim shuffles away, the perpetrator follows them across the bed resulting in a ‘cliff-hanger’ situation.

Snoring, teeth grinding, kicking and fidgeting, and talking were the next most common night-time faux-pas keeping nearly three-quarters of Irish awake.

Habits mentioned more for being irritating were drooling, twitching and sleep walking.

So rife is the problem that Debenhams is in talks with suppliers about producing a night-time survival kit for customers which will include a double duvet, single duvet, ear plugs, eye mask, lavender spray and a hot water bottle.

Continues Steve, “The majority of people put up with broken sleep because of the stigma around having separate beds – they feel it takes the romance out of a relationship.

“For this reason we are also looking into cushion bed-dividers to guard against flailing arms and legs. Going to bed could be a military operation, but we are keen to try to find solutions for these problems.”

Says Jessica Alexander from The Sleep Council, “Research shows that one in 10 couples currently have separate beds; however, one out of five would love to have their own bed if only their partner would suggest it.

“A really big bed and separate bedding might solve some of the problems but if sleeping habits are desperately different then separate beds or bedrooms are the only answer. You can still have all the cuddles and intimate moments before retiring to get a good night’s sleep – without which your relationship just doesn’t stand a chance!“

Top 10 Bed Offences:

1. Tuck and Roll

2. Midnight Shuffle

3. Snoring

4. Teeth grinding

5. Kicking and fidgeting

6. Talking

7. Drooling

8. Twitching

9. Sleep walking

10. Flatulence

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