Bedroom wars! Hogging the duvet is the number one cause of arguments in the boudoir (that's 167 a year, to be precise)
13:26 GMT, 25 April 2012
The average couple bicker in the bedroom 167 times a year – with nabbing the duvet emerging as the biggest grumble, a survey found today.
Researchers uncovered a host of annoyances British couples face when they’re between the sheets.
Aside from yanking the duvet from each other during the night, the second reason for a night-time squabble is the age-old of problem of snoring.
Warzone! Bedrooms are the site of 167 arguments every year, a study has revealed
One in ten couples claim to have a bust-up over the nightly affliction at least twice a week – with more than half of respondents blaming men as the worst culprits for snoring.
Although 39 per cent said both sexes were both as bad as each other, according to the poll by hotel chain Premier Inn to coincide with National Snoring Week.
Other bedroom conflicts include whingeing about being too hot, allowing the kids to sleep in the bed and not being 'in the mood'.
Claire Haigh, of Premier Inn, said: 'Our research shows most of the arguments couples have in the bedroom are down to habits that are easy to resolve as a relationship develops.
'We conducted this research to coincide with National Stop Snoring Week and the findings discovered that a lot of people are seriously affected by snoring and hogging the duvet.
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'People suffer from snoring to varying degrees and the research shows how something like snoring can impact on our day to day lives especially if one person in the relationship is missing out on much needed sleep.”
The poll also found the average Brit is disturbed nearly twice a week by their partners snoring, but one night a week they even wake themselves up with their own heavy breathing.
The survey studied 2,000 people all of whom are in a relationship. Of those exactly half said their other half snored.
Other bones of contention in the boudoir are allowing children to sleep in the marital bed and venturing on to the wrong side.
Being touched by freezing cold feet is also likely to cause tension as is the bedroom being too chilly.
The time at which couples go to bed, leaving lights on to read and leaving drinks on the bedside table were also likely to spark a spat.
But it’s no wonder there is confusion – cuddling for too long can cause problems in a relationship, as can not cuddling for long enough.
TOP TEN BEDROOM BICKERS
1. Hogging the duvet
3. Being too hot
4. Not being 'in the mood'
5. Allowing the children to sleep in the bed
6. Venturing on to the wrong side of the bed
7. Being too cold
8. Being touched by your partners cold feet
9. The time at which you go to bed
10. Leaving a light on to read