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Optimal sleep temperature

6th March 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

It’s hard enough to get a good night’s sleep as it is without disputes over the temperature of the bedroom adding to night-time drama, especially if your bed partner is partial to duvet hogging or even “starfishing”. Latest research from E.ON reveals that a third of Britons (31%) say they’ve had disagreements about temperature of the home, with heating in the bedroom a real point of contention between couples.

The research shows that almost a fifth (19%) of Brits admit to arguing over the temperature of their bedroom causing them to fall out. Over a third (39%) heat their bedroom over the recommended temperature of 16°C – 18°C, despite four in ten (42%) saying they would rather sleep in a cool or cold environment. It’s not just the temperature that causes couples to argue in the bedroom, duvet hogging (54%), fidgeting (41%), snoring (74%) and “starfishing” (17%) are also amongst some of the things that cause chaos between the sheets, leading to over half (52%) claiming they have either considered or gone ahead with a ‘sleep divorce’ in order to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Aston spoke to James Wilson (a.k.a: Sleep Geek), sleep behaviour and environment expert to discuss this research and offer the best tips and tricks to achieving a restful night’s sleep.