It looks like there could be something to the idea of waking up on the ‘wrong’ side of the bed.
According to a recent survey, 40 percent of Americans have always slept on the same side of the bed, though over half of the participants said that right vs. left wasn’t a conscious choice. “In fact, if they could make the same decision today, 30 percent say they would give it more consideration and one in five admit they would choose the opposite side of the bed,” app.com reports.
Ricky Joshi, co-founder of Saatva Mattress, the luxury mattress retailer that conducted the survey, joined HuffPost Live to explain why sides matter.
“The right side seems to be better for both sexes,” Joshi explained to host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. “It really depends sort of how the couple can kind of balance the relationship, and that’s how they kind of choose which side. Some seem more willing to give up the right side than others, but overall, the right side just seems to win.”
Almost half of the couples surveyed preferred the same side of the bed, and 79 percent were forced to give up their favorite side for their partner. The survey also found that “more than half of the nation (54 percent) prefers the right side of the bed.”
The survey also found that women are 24 percent more likely to face away from their partner, while males are 14 percent more likely to snag the right side of the bed.
According to the survey, couples did not take this decision lightly. “Having a certain side of the bed was actually more important than having a common favorite sports team,” Joshi said. “You can imagine the amount of passion that exists around sports and actually, we found that about 20 percent more cared about what side of the bed they slept on. So it’s a really big thing.”
Is your head spinning with all these numbers? Check out this handy breakdown fromPRNewswire:
- Overall, more Americans sleep on the right side of the bed than the left (while lying down), with more men than women preferring this side (58% vs. 50%)
- Right side sleeping males feel relaxed instead of stressed most of the time when compared to men sleeping on the left (71% vs. 60%)
- More Americans overall are happier with their mate facing away from them in bed as compared to sleeping towards them (64% vs. 36%). Moreover, more women than men (72% vs. 55%) need their space and prefer they face away from their partners
- Technology is a leading factor when choosing the side of the bed. In fact, three in four (75%) Americans agree that being close to outlets would determine the side of the bed they choose, as compared to choosing to be near the bathroom (67%), window (58%) or door (48%)
Watch the full conversation on HuffPost Live, and share your thoughts in the comments. Did the survey hit the nail on the head when it comes to how you sleep?