Every couple has ‘their’ side of the bed, so maybe it’s no wonder that new research shows 10 per cent of couples get into blazing rows over who sleeps on which side.
From those arguments, women are the ones who will usually get their own way and end up with their preferred side of the bed.
Premier Inn conducted the research to study the sleeping habits of its customers and find out what makes for a better night’s sleep.
Thirty five per cent of couples liked to keep it traditional, leaving the men to sleep closest to the door in case of an intruder, whereas 10 per cent of women felt more comfortable sleeping closest to the door in case their child came in during the night.
There were plenty of factors that determined which side of the bed a person would sleep on. Incredibly, 5 per cent of Brits would choose their side depending upon where they could get the best view of the TV from.
A further 5 per cent wished to be closest to a radiator with the same amount wanting to get as far away from road noise as possible.
Comically, 7 per cent wanted to choose the side furthest away from crying babies and 5 per cent wanted the side that came with the most floor space!
Out of all the couples surveyed, 80 per cent said they’ll slept on the same side since the beginning of the relationship and 60 per cent claimed to being unable to sleep properly if they are not on their side.
Claire Haigh, spokeswoman for Premier Inn, said, “Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their sleeping styles but which side of the bed people sleep on seems to be fundamental to getting a good night’s sleep.”
“Interestingly, our research revealed an almost identical split between Brits’ preference to a particular side, with 51% favouring the left and 49% the right, with the vast majority of people maintaining their particular preference for many years.”
“If you are used to one particular side of the bed it can feel strange to sleep on the other side when staying somewhere unfamiliar.”
The study found that 46 per cent of adults look to claim a certain side of the bed when staying in a hotel. The most popular requirements are cited as ‘the side nearest the door’ but nearly one in fourteen insist on sleeping next to a wall.
A wild 15 per cent say that they will occasionally mix it up to keep it fresh and 22 per cent say that they sleep on the opposite side as they did with their ex-partner.
One in five people said it simply isn’t as comfortable on the other side of the bed and the same amount wish to be near to their belongings on the bedside table.
Claire Haigh added, “At Premier Inn we like to do all we can to ensure our guests have a good night’s sleep. If choosing which side of the bed to sleep on is causing any lover’s tiffs or resulting in any unsettled slumber we hope our offer to reserve a side, as well as our king size beds and comfortable pillows, will put an end to this.”
Premier Inn offers all guests a ’Good Night Guarantee’ – which means if guests are not 100% satisfied with their stay they can request a full refund. Premier Inn is so committed to its philosophy that everyone deserves a great night’s sleep, that they recently invested £70 million into refurbishing c. 13,000 rooms.
Cara Mason @FemaleFirst_UK