We all need a good night’s sleep regularly but in a recent nationwide survey in the United Kingdom, snoring topped the list of our most hated bedroom annoyances by a country mile and came top of the list with 54% in the poll taken in this multi-response survey.
Maybe it’s not a lot to ask from a loved one, but sound, restful sleep is incredibly important to our lives in so many ways, and we seemingly fail to make it possible for each other. Millions of people in Britain are losing vital hours of good sleep because their partner is disturbing their sleep.
To put it in perspective, an adult needs to get at least 8 hours restful and undisturbed sleep each night for their mind and their body to perform at their best the next day. This is not happening.
A whopping 74% claim that they lose at least one hour’s sleep per night and that’s the same as going one night each week without going to bed at all.
One fact is new – and that is that we are owning up to snoring at last, whereas we either used to dismiss it altogether or simply regard it as a joke. The same survey showed that 44% of us owned up to snoring.
There are other reasons too for these disturbed nights, as well as snoring, but this was by far the leading ‘annoyance’ with couples, and many of these bad habits seem to be turning our bedrooms into battlefields.
Leading the way in the table of hates and dislikes were these:
Hogging the duvet 46%
Sleeping naked 41%
Restless fidgeting 40%
Stealing partner’s space 36%
Passing wind 34%
Bad Breath 27%
Allowing pets into bed 17%
Sleep Talking 17%
Most of these problems can of course be solved – including snoring.
Bedtime however was considered important, and more than half of the couples that were interviewed stated that they enjoyed quality time in bed with their partner, with pillow talk playing an important role for some 59%, particularly those with children. It gave them time to discuss family matters, plans, future holidays, and of course the dreaded subject of in-laws.
So despite the warfare, it’s a good opportunity for couples to bond and take key decisions together as long as the overall conditions are right for a good night’s sleep.
We should maybe focus on the annoyances and eliminate them – after all it’s so easy to do that, and the overall results could be so beneficial to both marital life and future health.