Brexit bust ups lead to separate beds

Couples cite arguments over leaving the EU as reason they are sleeping alone

couple arguing in bed for story on how brexit rows lead to people sleeping separately
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Brexit could lead to a surge in bed buying as arguments over the decision to leave the EU has led to couples leaving theirs and sleeping separately.

Amazingly, in a survey conducted for British mattress brand Ergoflex, one in five people confessed to refusing to sleep in the same bed as their partner after a blistering row over the political powder keg.

A total of 23 per cent said the issue had raised such strong feelings in them that they preferred to stew over it on their own.

The other reasons given for sleeping separately were more predictable, with most people seeking sanctuary in a spare bed because they were getting disturbed by their partner.

Snoring came top of the list at 56 per cent, with a restless other half coming in second at 49 per cent.

Forty four per cent said they would pick up their pillow and move elsewhere if their partner was drunk, while 38 per cent of new parents admitted that one of them would be trying to get a good night’s sleep if the other was busy doing night feeds.

A spokesperson for Ergoflex says, ‘To discover that disagreeing over Brexit is now among the most common causes of these arguments has absolutely astounded us.

‘We have run these sleep surveys before and fully expected to see the likes of having a new baby, a snoring or restless partner, or one partner leaving early the next morning to again be the leading reasons for couples sleeping apart, though unresolved arguments are also a frequently cited.’

Most people who said an argument over Brexit had led to a night spent sleeping solo did say they’d made up afterwards. A wise 25 per cent just avoided the topic now, but eight per cent still felt sore about it and were letting the disagreement drag on like the Brexit talks themselves.

Alison Jones
Assistant Editor

Alison is Assistant Editor on Real Homes magazine. She previously worked on national newspapers, in later years as a film critic and has also written on property, fashion and lifestyle. Having recently purchased a Victorian property in severe need of some updating, much of her time is spent solving the usual issues renovators encounter.