There are few things more satisfying than climbing into bed after a long day.
Especially if clean sheets are involved (#amen)
The chance to stretch out and relax is priceless to many, and a good night’s slumber is beneficial for both mental and physical health.
However, if you have a partner, he or she may have some annoying bedroom tendencies. We’re talking about burping, playing with gadgets, or eating in bed, all of which can make it hard to settle down for a night of quality sleep.
We polled 983 people about the bedroom habits they found most annoying, whether they established bedroom rules to combat these annoyances, and whether said rules were followed. Let’s take a look at how the rules are written in our bedrooms.
First, we asked respondents to think about what their partner did in the bedroom that annoyed them most. First on their list was when their partner argued with them.
Both men and women mentioned this frustration most frequently, at or above 90 percent for each gender. In addition to being annoying, studies have found arguing before bed can make your conflict even worse, backing up the advice to not fight before you snooze.
Other activities that got on people’s nerves were eating in bed, playing on a smartphone or tablet, and drinking something other than water in bed (because really, who needs wine or soda stains in the sheets?).
Enter the farts and burps. Quite a few (73 percent) of our female respondents reported being annoyed by their partner farting in bed, while men seemed to have less of an issue with this transgression (56 percent).
The same applied to burping: 54 percent of women were annoyed with their partner burping in bed, while 38 percent of men reported the same.
And the gender divide didn’t stop there – more women (91 percent) than men (83 percent) even reported being annoyed at their partner for stealing the covers.
Apparently going to bed can be a war zone!
So once annoyed with their partner’s behavior in the bedroom, what steps did respondents take to get a more pleasant night’s sleep? For starters, a whopping 75 percent of our respondents didn’t create any bedroom “rules” at all. For the 25 percent of people who did, though, their rules were not entirely surprising, considering the list of complaints above.
We found most people instated a rule not to go to bed angry. There is indeed a kernel of truth to this notion, as we discussed previously: Arguments before bed can worsen the conflict at hand (not to mention the resulting stress can wreck your sleep).
So what happens when lights go out?
Before you shut your eyes and go to sleep, what is the last thing you do?
Do you lovingly say goodnight to your partner or pop on your phone to do a little browsing?
Are texts the last thing you do, or do you kiss your partner before falling into precious slumber? We asked how often respondents’ last communication of the day was with their partners.
Quite a few people who were satisfied with their relationship said they always (31 percent) or often (33 percent) talked with their partner last in bed. Others were not quite as committed – instead, they reported sometimes (22 percent), rarely (12 percent), or never (2 percent) having their final interaction of the day with their partner.
On the other hand, unhappy folks were less likely to save their final communication for their partner, instead turning to texting or checking social media before they shut their eyes for the day.
So what are your rules and regulations for bedtime?
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