LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 02/26/13 -- Travelodge hotels launches a new bed called the Travelodge Dreamer to help reduce bedtime bickering amongst couples.
Fidgeting, snoring, passing wind, not wanting to make love and sleeping with pets are just some of the reasons causing over a quarter of British couples to argue between the sheets, at least three times during the week according to a new sleep study out today.
So big is the problem of bedtime bickering that British couples are losing on average 90 minutes of valuable sleep each week. This weekly sleep loss eventually builds up to three full days of missed sleep over a year.
However, it's Brummie, Mancunian and Scouser couples who are the nation's worst bedtime bickerers as they are losing up to a week's sleep a year due to regular arguing between the sheets.
These findings have been revealed in a new Travelodge sleep report which surveyed 2,000 British couples to investigate their sleeping behaviour between the sheets.
Key findings from the study revealed 26% of British couples are arguing between the sheets on average three times during the week, with each squabble lasting around 30 minutes. The biggest cause for bedtime bickering is fidgeting as a fifth of Britons reported that their partner regularly interrupts their sleep with constant restlessness and twitchy movements, which results in a night of broken sleep for them. Interestingly, the report revealed that women were the biggest fidgeters in bed.
Sixteen per cent of couples stated that snoring fuels their weekly bedtime arguments and men were reported to be the biggest culprits of keeping their partner awake during the night.
Not having compatible body temperatures is the third biggest reason for bedtime squabbling as 15% of couples reported conflicting temperature requirements (where one individual is feeling too hot and the other is feeling too cold) results in one of them having a poor quality night's sleep which creates regular heated arguments between the sheets.
Duvet hogging is the fourth most popular reason for couples bickering in bed as 14% of Britons reported they are constantly fighting throughout the night for their share of their duvet.
In fifth position, thirteen per cent of couples reported when one partner is not in the mood for making love this often causes a tense atmosphere under the duvet.
Another big reason respondents reported for bedtime bickering is passing wind which is deemed to be one of the most unsociable bedroom habits. As the sixth cause of bedtime bickering, the study found that both men and women complain that flatulence has a profound effect on their sleep with one in ten couples complaining that their other halves distasteful habit wakes them up in the night.
Making up the rest of the list of the ten reasons to why British couples are arguing in bed are one partner wants to read or watch TV whilst the other wants to go to sleep, the actual time a partner wants to go to bed and allowing children and pet(s) to share the matrimonial bed.
Further research findings revealed that a fifth of Britons just turn over and totally ignore their partner whilst they are bickering about their sleeping habit and this silence continues into the following day.
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