A new body of research has revealed that one in seven UK people sleep in separate beds from their partner.
The new YouGov poll looked at the sleeping habits of 2,000 UK couples and found that 15 percent of people said that if money and space was not an issue, they too would actively choose to sleep in a different bed to their partner.
The study found that 10 percent of Britons would sleep in different beds in different rooms, with the other five per cent stating that they’d choose to sleep in different beds in the same room. 76 per cent of people said that they’d rather stay the same bed with their partner every night.
The research also delved into how these choices varied by gender. According to the study, women are more likely to prefer to sleep by themselves, with 19 per cent preferring to sleep in their own bed compared to just 11 percent of men.
Perhaps this is because women tend to be lighter sleepers, and it’s not uncommon for men to snore at least in older age but the truth is, there are many reasons for sleeping in separate rooms.
Some would assume that when a couple sleeps in separate beds it’s a sure sign that their relationship is in trouble. While of course in some circumstances this could be true for many people, others may just need their own space in order to wake up feeling rested. Others might do it temporarily. For example, if they are going through particularly stressful period, it may be easier for people to get to sleep if they feel there’s no chance of them being woken up by anyone else.
Like most things in life, you can find both pros and cons whether you choose to sleep in a double bed, snuggled up beside your significant other or in a single bed in your own private boudoir.