Four in 10 blame their partner – for not getting a good night’s sleep, study finds

Four in 10 people blame their other half for an interrupted night’s sleep – with snoring, restlessness, and duvet hogging among the chief disturbances. Research of 2,000 adults, who share a bed with their partner, revealed more than a quarter of couples don’t go to bed at the same time.

And use of electronic devices when trying to nod off, as well as sleep talking, and lighting up the room late at night, were other disruptions regularly encountered.

But while 36 percent reckon technology negatively impacts their sleep, with blue light from devices and the TV being on said to be issues, 35 percent believe it can have a positive impact – using relaxation apps, podcasts, and white noise machines to help them nod off.

One in three don’t think they get enough quality sleep each night, with respondents averaging six hours and 53 minutes of slumber. However, of this, just over half (53 percent) is considered uninterrupted, deep sleep.

The research was commissioned by Premier Inn, which has released a sleep etiquette guide with tips on how to ensure you and your partner get the perfect night’s sleep.

Sleep expert Hannah Shore, from Silentnight, who has worked with the hotel chain on the guide, said: “The research has shown a real variance of routines are had across the UK. While a good number share a harmonious sleep schedule, others are finding their night’s sleep is interrupted by their partner.

“Technology can play a part in causing disruption, mainly with its use while someone else tries to nod off – so there’s definitely work to be done on ensuring everyone enjoys getting their rest without a negative impact.”

Common disruptive happenings at bedtime include other halves staying up to watch TV shows they like once their partner has gone to bed, and scrolling through social media between the sheets.

It also emerged 42 percent have slept in a separate room so as not to be disturbed by their other half – with 19 percent of those doing so often, and four percent every night.

However, six in 10 are left feeling guilty if they do interrupt their partner in some way – and 29 percent think they could do with aligning their routine more with their bed mate.

If heading to bed at a different time, 41 percent try their best to sneak in as quietly as possible – although almost half the time (45 percent), they are not successful when it comes to not waking their partner.

And when it comes to technology, more than a third (35 percent) of those polled, via OnePoll, believe it can play a positive part in the bedtime routine.

Relaxation apps, white noise machines, and blue light filters were seen as the top benefits, while 24 percent enjoy the use of sleep tracking apps. That said, 43 percent find their partner’s use of technology at bedtime annoying.

The sleep etiquette guide produced by Premier Inn has been created to allow readers to better incorporate technology into their routine, without annoying their partner – including what volume setting to go for when listening to things like sleep podcasts.

Sleep expert, Hannah Shore, added: “We’ve created a sleep etiquette guide to help people make little tweaks to their routines, that can bring great reward – and great rest.

“The research showed an average of less than seven hours sleep, and half of that being interrupted, so there’s definitely room for improvement.

“Simple things such as agreeing times to put phones down, hit the lights, or even allowing others to get to sleep first, can make all the difference.”

And if you need some help nodding off to sleep, the brand has launched its new Rest Easy Stories podcast series, narrated by Sir Lenny Henry.

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