It turns out there actually is a ‘wrong side of the bed,’ according to new research.
The fact that people are having trouble sleeping is nothing new. In fact, a survey of 1,500 people by British Wool found that Brits wake up at least three times a night, on average, with 48% struggling to switch their brain off due to feeling anxious about money and work.
But, the research also found that people who sleep on the right side of the bed have a much worse time – and the majority (78%) insist on sleeping on the same side of the bed every night.
While more right-side sleepers than left-side sleepers find it easier to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, they are also more likely to wake up feeling groggy and exhausted.
Right-side sleepers are also less likely to be positive in their waking life, with just 38% saying they have a good sense of humour compared to left-side sleepers and only 60% (compared with 66% of left-side sleepers) claiming to be ‘glass half full’ people.
While 46% of those surveyed complained about getting hot and bothered during the night, this was more likely to bother right-side sleepers than left-side sleepers (48% and 40%, respectively).
The research suggests that, no matter which side of the bed you sleep on, most of us are struggling to get adequate sleep.
How to get better sleep:
Here are 13 expert tips to help you get better sleep:
- Get an eye mask
- Opt for ear buds
- Limit screen time
- Create the right bedroom environment
- Read a book
- Meditate in bed
- Journal about your day
- Plan your bedtime around your body clock
- Up your exercise levels
- Stop your caffeine intake 5-7 hours before bed
- Have a warm bath before bed
- Cut down on alcohol
- Make your bed as comfy as possible
One in ten admit they find their bedding to be so uncomfortable it stops them falling asleep – although 33% don’t know what their bedding is made out of – while the same number of women are kept awake by menopausal symptoms.
Overall, the biggest complaint from Brits was having a partner who snores, with 38% admitting it drives them crazy. And, considering nearly two thirds (62%) admitted to snoring, it’s no surprise.
Julia Robinson, head of sleep at British Wool, said: ‘From the research we can see that Brits are creatures of habit when it comes to sleeping.
‘Meaning that, sleepless nights and hourly wake ups seem commonplace for a lot of us – especially right-sided sleepers.
‘Making small changes, like using wool bedding, can help to aid night sweats as wool helps regulate your body temperature.
‘It’s shocking that a third of people aren’t even aware of what they’re bedding is made of, when such a simple change could result in a much better night’s sleep no matter what side of the bed you sleep on.’
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