British relationships suffering due to poor sleep

sleep-alarm-clock-pictureIf sleepless nights are causing problems and arguments between you and your partner, you’re not alone.

A recent survey suggests that over a third of British couples argue because of sleep-related issues.

Research shows that two out of five people get less than six hours of sleep each night, leading to both health and relationship problems.

One in ten people are kept awake by their partner every night, while a quarter say they are woken up at least once a month.

The top five health conditions that cause arguments between couples at night are:

1. Back Pain
2. Restless leg syndrome
3. Night terrors
4. Nocturnal cramp
5. Teeth Grinding

One in five Brits have slept in a different room because of a night-time row and one in four of those polled suffers from sleep envy and are jealous of their partners restful nights sleep.

A third of people in the UK say they end up sleeping on the sofa after a night time argument, while one in three choose the spare bedroom. One in twenty Brits have even slept in the children’s bunk beds in order to get a restful sleep!

Other interesting revelations from the survey include:

  • Over half of us are regularly too tired for sex, while 1 in 10 would go without sex in order to get a good nights sleep
  • Nearly half (44 per cent) would have more sex if we didn’t feel so tired
  • Spooning is the UK’s favourite sleeping position – over a third of British couples (38 per cent) doze off with the man spooning the woman
  • Nearly 20 per cent of romantic Brits fall asleep holding hands with their partner
  • Not everyone likes to snuggle up – nearly half of all couples (48 per cent) regularly sleep turned away from each other, on opposite sides of the bed
  • 36 per cent of people admit to sleeping better on their own – one in twenty have separate beds every night

Solving Sleep Problems

If you are having sleep problems which are leading to problems in your relationship, whether you are not able to fall asleep, wake up too often, don’t feel well-rested when you wake up in the morning, or simply want to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep then try the following top tips put together by sleep expert Chris Idzikowski:

Here are the dos and don’ts to help you get better nights sleep


  • Plan your night – follow a set routine each night that gives you time to relax
  • Relax – Try having a warm bath or reading a book before bedtime
  • De-clutter – Make your bedroom a clutter free, restful place, with soft lighting
  • Invest – buy the best bed you can afford – the average person spends 25 years in their bed so it is essential that your bed is right for you and your partner
  • Use the 20 minute rule – get up and rest somewhere else and do not return back to your bed until you feel sleepy
  • Exercise regularly – just be careful not exercise too close to bed time as this can prevent the brain from relaxing quickly


  • Try to fall asleep – Tell yourself to let go of being awake, rest your eyes and visualize yourself slowly sinking into bed
  • Drink alcohol – alcohol cab make you restless and is a diuretic which means more trips to the bathroom at night
  • Drink caffeine – this will stay in your system for six hours and act as a stimulant – try herbal or fruit tea as an alternative
  • Eat a heavy or spicy meal less than 2 hours before bed – your body needs to rest and not be busy digesting
  • Watch TV in bed – this will disturb your partner as well as stop your mind from relaxing
  • Keep electrical components in your bedroom

For further tips or to complete the first ever interactive sleep personality quiz to identify how good your sleep is, visit

The survey was carried out by Crampex (the only over the counter product for muscle cramp at night) to highlight November’s Sleep Disturbance Month.