A third of us would rather sleep without our partners, apparently

No duvet hogging here

No duvet hogging here

While there are health reasons to suggest why you shouldn't share a bed with your partner, it looks like a lot of us think cuddling is overrated and prefer not to share a bed. According to a recent study, one in three Brits would rather sleep alone, while 9% actually do sleep in a separate room to their partner.

So why is that?

It's all down to those irritating sleep habits the other person has, with hogging the duvet and snoring cited as the top bug bears for spouses. It's fair enough really – there's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night freezing cold while the other person is sound asleep like some sort of duvet burrito. You're not going to be best pleased with someone who's causing you sleep deprivation.

The study, carried out by Furniture123.co.uk, asked 1,163 UK adults about their various sleeping habits.

'It's clear that Brits value their sleep, and by sharing a bed with somebody who has bad habits such as snoring, wriggling around in bed and stealing the duvet, it's impacting on the quality of their sleep which is annoying' says Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Furniture123.co.uk.

45% of those surveyed said they sleep with more than two pillows, while 41% sleep with one leg out of the duvet. And when it comes to doing slightly stranger things in our sleep, a whopping 51% of us admit to sleepwalking, while almost a quarter sleep talk.

A really bad habit we probably all share, though? Delaying getting out of bed for as long as possible; on average, we snooze our alarms four times in the morning, or for 36 minutes. Rather than get up as soon as the alarm goes off, we prefer to set an earlier one and lie around in bed for a bit.


'What I find interesting from the research is the length of time Britons are snoozing for in the morning as opposed to just getting up,' Mark says.

'It would be so much more beneficial for them to just set their alarm later and get up immediately.'

Safe to say that we're a nation who just loves to sleep.

Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.