10 Percent of Couples Argue Who Sleeps Where

C. Price

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C. Price

C. Price is part of DatingAdvice.com's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

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If you argue with your partner over which side of the bed you each sleep on, you’re not alone. A recent study shows that 10 percent of couples argue over who sleeps where.

The study was conducted by the Premier Inn hotel company, which polled 2,000 U.K.-based adults on their sleeping habits, with one in 10 reporting the struggle over who gets the left side and who gets the right side of the mattress resulting in disputes. Women have been found to receive their preferred side of the bed more often than men, with one in 20 men openly dissatisfied with the side of the bed they end up on.


“Eighty percent of respondents say they

sleep on the same side of the bed

before and after entering a new relationship.”

In addition to identifying this potential point of relationship contention, the study also found that sleeping-side preference is pretty evenly split, with 49 percent of respondents stating a preference for sleeping on the right side of their bed and 51 percent openly preferring remaining on the left side of the bed while sleeping. Yet regardless of which side of the bed an individual prefers to sleep on, the study made one thing clear — about half of us have a difficult time falling asleep if we end up on the wrong side of the bed, while only 15 percent of respondents actively enjoyed switching sides of the bed regularly. As Premier Inn representative Claire Haigh explained:

“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…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.”

The side of bed an individual prefers to sleep on will likely change from one relationship to another, and once it’s changed, it’s likely to stay the same throughout the course of that individual’s new relationship. Twenty-two percent of individuals reported sleeping on a different side with their current partner compared with their last partner, and 80 percent of respondents reported they’ve maintained sleeping on the same side of the bed since the start of their current relationship.

It seems as if once the debate gets settled, it’s settled.

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