Life and Love
Jan 15, 2014

Are you getting enough sleep for your relationship?

By: Molly Doan

Leda & St. Jacques Author: Elle Canada Credits: Leda & St. Jacques

Life and Love
Jan 15, 2014

Are you getting enough sleep for your relationship?

By: Molly Doan
Positions, please
Scientists have found that what position you sleep in says a lot about your personality and even your relationship. A survey of 2,000 British couples conducted by hotel chain Travelodge found that the most popular position (28 percent) for catching some zees is called the “cliffhanger”: Partners face away from each other on opposite sides of the bed with no physical contact, indicating a desire for independence. The second most popular position (18 percent) is called the “V hug”: Couples face outward with only their rear ends touching. This shows that partners have enough trust to give each other a little space—but also like to remain sexually connected.



Alcohol may not be the only reason you are getting unwanted attention from that guy at the bar. A recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine study found that sleep deprivation can lead a man to significantly misjudge whether or not a woman is sexually interested in him. Female participants—surprise surprise—did not have the same problem. The findings suggest that lack of sleep amplifies men’s sexual “over-perception bias,” a uniquely male tendency to infer that women are sexually interested in them when they aren’t.

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Sleepless nights=morning fights
Researchers from the University of California kept tabs on the sleeping patterns of 78 individuals in romantic relationships over a two-week period. The study found that participants who reported having a shorter or more restless sleep were more likely to experience conflict with their partner the next day (even after controlling for whether or not the partner caused the poor sleep). Our advice? If you know that your better half was up tossing and turning last night, do the dishes today—even if it’s not your turn.

Separate beds
Thirty percent—the number of married or cohabiting people who sleep in separate beds, according to a survey of over 1,500 American adults released last year by Toronto’s Ryerson University.

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Why he should let you sleep in:

20 minutes
The amount of additional rest women need to feel well rested compared to the average man, according to Jim Horne, a sleep expert from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

11 minutes
That’s how much more shut-eye, on average, women get each night compared to men, according to Statistics Canada. Good news, considering 35 percent of women report having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep compared to 25 percent of men.

24 minutes
The amount of rest, on average, that women and men give up when they go from singledom to living with a partner, according to Statistics Canada.

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