Duvet drama: four in ten couples aren’t sharing the bed fairly

Matthew SmithHead of Data Journalism
September 03, 2019, 8:43 AM GMT+0

YouGov research on bedroom habits reveals that women are more likely to hog the duvet, but men are more likely to break wind between the sheets

YouGov Realtime has laid bare the bedroom habits of Britons many times in the past, but our latest research among more than 1,000 people who share a bed with their partner reveals what they get up to between the sheets when they’re actually trying to sleep.

Most Britons claim to stick to their own side of the bed (57%), but a quarter (27%) accuse their partner of taking up more than their fair share. This is especially true among younger Britons, with 44% of 18 to 24 year olds saying their partner invades their territory, compared to only 20% of those aged 65 and over.

There is, however, no gender split, with women no more likely than men to feel hard done by. Only 10% of Britons confess to being the one who takes up more than their fair share.

Looking at a wider array of bad bedroom habits, the research found that the most common issue is snoring, which occurs in 83% of shared bedrooms.

A similar number (82%) say that at least one person in the partnership tosses and turns in the night. Seven in ten (70%) share a room with someone who has the unpleasant habit of passing wind in the bed, and 47% report that their partner talks in their sleep.

Fewer people complain of, or confess to, phone use in the bedroom while someone is trying to sleep (35%), eating in bed (23%) or stealing the pillows (16%).

Men are snorers and tossers, while women are duvet hogs

Our results indicate some gender differences from bad habit to bad habit. For instance, we can see that women are more likely to confess to hogging the duvet (36%) than men (23%).

Similarly, men are the bigger culprits when it comes to passing wind in bed. They are twelve percentage points more likely than women (60% versus 44%) to confess to doing this, and are also more likely to admit to being a snorer, at 63% versus 46% of women.

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