These are the sleep issues couples most fight about

America has several serious sleep problems. The predictors are pretty varied, ranging from pre-existing medical conditions to work stress.

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America has a serious sleep problem. Twenty-five percent of Americans develop acute insomnia each year, up to 10% of Americans are likely to develop chronic insomnia, 27% of working American women develop a sleep disorder compared to 20% of working American men that do so a year- and all of these contribute to lost productivity related to insomnia that costs the US economy just about $63 billion a year.

Maybe it’s more accurate to say, America has several serious sleep problems. The predictors are pretty varied, ranging from pre-existing medical conditions like depression, mental conditions induced by trauma, to provisional anxieties like work-related stress.

Recently the fine folks over at the luxury mattress company, Saatva, surveyed 1,500 participants to explore all the intricate details regarding the most common factors habitually keeping people from obtaining uality sleep.


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Pillow fights

Of course, there are other bedroom skirmishes to be won. The infamous snoring partner has appeared in several recent studies detailing the key factors keeping many Americas perpetually shy of a full night’s rest. Thirty-nine percent of respondents in Saatva’s survey said they find their partner’s snoring “irritating.”  Females showcased a significantly lower tolerance than male participants with 55% of women expressing frustration at their bellowing bedfellow versus 33% of men.  Below are the things that most annoyed partners in the boudoir:

1. Snoring (39%)

2. Stealing Covers (22%)

3. A partner that wants to cuddle too often in bed (11%)

Sometimes any one or all of these habits are simply too much to overcome. Fourteen-percent of couples reported occasionally sleeping in different beds while 23% of couples reported often sleeping in different beds – with 10% of married couples that lived in the same home reported doing so. Respondents 54 and older were found to be 15% less likely than 25 to 34-year-olds to share a bed with their spouse or partner.

For those that chose to sleep alone, for whatever reason, nearly half preferred to do so with two pillows, though 20% reported sleeping with as many as four. Some partners can’t be turned away, however. Of the 1,097 people surveyed, a whopping 60% reported sleeping with an animal – 30% cuddled with dogs, 27% with cats and 10% said they slept with multiple animals in addition to their human partner.

Plush it real good

Sixty-six percent of the respondents in Saatva’s sleep survey reported occasionally sleeping in the nude, while 20% said they make a habit of it. Male surveyees tended to do so more than ladies. Of those that reported always sleeping in the nude, 20% said they preferred to do so when it is particularly warm, compared to the 10% that liked to snooze buck and chilly. On balance, the survey participants liked sleeping in cooler environments. Men were slightly more sympathetic to a warmer setting than women (22% versus 18% respectively.)

Firmness (of mattress) was actually found to be a divisive factor amongst couples. One in three respondents said they got into arguments with their significant other over the plushness, or lack thereof, of their shared pad. Twelve percent of respondents favored a firm mattress, with men being 5% more likely than women to feel this way. Thirty-percent said they like it plush, though the vast majority (58%) favor a firm mattress with a plush top. Thirty-percent of the couples featured in the Saatva survey made a concerted effort to achieve harmony despite their matress disagreements, by putting two twin sized mattress together, one firm, one plushy.


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CW Headley|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at cheadley@theladders.com.