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28th Apr 2019

Study finds that a large percentage of couples regularly sleep in separate beds

Rebecca O'Keeffe


We kind of get it.

Nothing beats climbing into bed at the end of a long day.

And it seems as though many of us prefer to ‘go it alone’ when it comes to sleep.

According to research released by bed manufacturer, Sealy, a massive 36 per cent of cohabiting couples  now regularly sleep apart in separate beds.

One-in-10 actually admitted to spending a massive 365 nights sleeping away from one another each year.   

Sealy assessed the slumber habits of 1,000 people.


Surprisingly, those in the 24-35 age bracket are most likely to sleep apart.

The study also showed that 21 percent of cohabiting couples opt for separate beds during their first year together and a fifth of couples sleep apart for more than one night each week.

The top reasons for sleeping apart emerged as trying to escape a partners’ snoring or their tossing and turning, preferring to have the bed to themselves, or opting to share it with someone other than their partner.


In fact, 10 percent of those surveyed chose to sleep with their pet instead of their partner.

We are down with that in a major way.

The study revealed that women prefer having the bed to themselves but that men are more likely to opt to sleep separately to make room for their pet or to escape their partner’s phone checking habits.

Makes a whole lot of sense to us.