How you sleep can determine who you date, according to new research

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A survey by OnePoll on behalf of Slumber Cloud found that three in five Americans would hesitate to enter a relationship with somebody who had an opposite “sleepuation” than them. (Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)

Does how you sleep have an effect on whether you’re boyfriend/girlfriend material? Yes, according to new research.

Three in five Americans would hesitate to enter a relationship with somebody who had an opposite “sleepuation” than them.

Whether it be preferring a hot room to a cold one, a soft mattress to a firm one or something as seemingly minute as needing a window open as opposed to closed, a survey of 2,000 Americans found 62% of respondents said they’d hesitate to date somebody who preferred to sleep in different room conditions than themselves.

The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Slumber Cloud, took aim at the perfect “sleepuation” and found Americans divided.

For example, 42% of respondents said they preferred to sleep in a warm room, while 44% said they prefer a colder room (the rest have no preference).

Respondents were also split on whether or not having a window open is necessary to get a good night of sleep, with 43% saying they like a window to be open, compared to 40% preferring all windows to be closed.

The softness of the mattress had a bit more disparity: 41% preferred a softer mattress, whereas only 25% preferred a firmer one.

Whether or not the TV needs to be on also had Americans split. Forty-two percent say they typically fall asleep with it on, with the majority (58%) saying they typically sleep with it off.

The same goes for our comforters. About 30% of respondents prefer to wrap up in a down comforter, compared to 40% who opt for a down-alternative option.

“When looking at thread-counts couples may disagree on where the sweet spot is, but rather than focusing on the thread-count number, the answer may be in the fabric and performance of them,” said Katie Mellott of Slumber Cloud.

“When looking for bedding to compromise on, look for fabrics with high-quality fibers such as temperature-regulating viscose that has low-thread counts, but a luxurious feel.”

But just because we hesitate to commit to someone who sleeps differently than us, doesn’t mean it’s always a deal-breaker.

The survey also found that, of those in a relationship, the average respondent endures nearly a month’s worth of sleepless nights every year (26 nights) just to accommodate their partner’s differing sleeping needs.

When it comes to their bedding, Americans can be quite selective. Memory foam pillows were the top choice for headrests, followed by shredded foam and down.

Memory foam rang quite popular with the survey respondents, as it was also the most popular type of mattress owned.

Three in four of the respondents said they also prefer their bedding to have cooling features, with 33% saying their biggest concern when sleeping is waking up too hot.

“With foam mattresses being the most popular type owned and traditionally trapping in heat, it is no wonder that most are looking for cooling features in their bedding,” continued Mellott. “When looking for bedding evaluate the different cooling technologies that are right for you and your partner.

“Bedding made up of fabrics such as bamboo and eucalyptus use moisture-wicking technology that works to cool you down after you sweat, others such as Slumber Cloud products are designed to proactively cool you down and stay in a comfortable temperature range from the moment you get into bed.”

1. Memory Foam 21%
2. Latex 20%
3. Hybrid 19%
4. Inner-Spring 19%
5. Water Bed 10%

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