Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

More couples opt for separate beds

Couples are increasingly inclined to bed down solo, according to research which suggests the double bed may soon be a thing of the past
Couples are increasingly inclined to bed down solo, according to research which suggests the double bed may soon be a thing of the past

The double bed may soon be a thing of the past with more and more couples choosing to sleep apart, research suggests.

A survey of 2,000 people showed lovers are increasingly inclined to bed down solo for a variety of reasons.

Couples north of the border are most likely to sleep apart, with 40% of Edinburgh folk opting for their own bed.

The main reason for sleeping apart was stress with 49% citing worries over money, work and family likely to keep them tossing and turning at night.

A partner's snoring (30%) also had people creeping off to a bed of their own.

The research, by Slumberdown, showed the majority of people enjoy their best night's sleep on a Friday (22%) and Saturday (20%), when they are not in work the next day.

Couples may be keen to ensure that they both get the best night's sleep by sleeping separately, to avoid having to deal with a grouchy partner the following day, as 41% said a bad night's sleep left them feeling grumpy.

However, 59% said they could not bear a grudge for too long and could not go to bed without resolving a row.

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