Couples and Sleep study

couples and sleep infographic from the better sleep council
Couples and sleep infographic

A Better Sleep Council survey has found that one in four Americans in a relationship would rather sleep alone.

Download the Better Sleep Council infographic (right) on couples’ sleep issues.

“The importance of bedroom atmosphere, sleep habits and mattress preference become a little more complicated when two people are involved,” said Better Sleep Council Director of Communications Karin Mahoney.

“Agreeing on bedtime, bed coverings or even bed size and mattress type needs to be a two-person decision, if both are going to sleep comfortably every night,” she added.

The survey demonstrated that couples often face obstacles to getting better sleep and that can add stress to a relationship. Other study findings include:

  • 26% of U.S. respondents surveyed say they get a better night’s sleep when they’re alone in bed versus sleeping with their partner.
  • Cuddling close brings comfort for some. About 13% say they “spoon” or cuddle close the whole night through.
  • A large majority (63%) prefer to sleep without touching their partner.
  • One in 10 report sleeping in a different room.
  • Disagreements over temperature top the list of partner complaints, with tossing/turning and snoring rounding out the top three.
  • In addition, 28% of respondents point to the quality, age or firmness of their mattress as an obstacle to getting a good night’s sleep with their partner.
  • 85% of respondents report that they have problems sleeping at night. Men claim to have less trouble sleeping than women. And it seems that as people age, they tend to sleep apart more, with couples 55 years and older being the least likely to cuddle and spoon and the most likely to sleep in separate bedrooms.
  • Yet only 18% percent of respondents said that their dream home has separate bedrooms.

“Being close to the one you love can foster health and happiness, but not if it affects your sleep,” said lifestyle and relationship expert Lissa Coffey. “The key for couples? Work together to create a healthy sleep environment that meets both of your needs.”

For more survey results and tips for developing healthy sleeping habits, visit the Better Sleep Council website.