ALMOST HALF of UK adults (43%) openly admit to spending zero time a week having sex. The shocking statistic is just one of many revealed by a sleep-themed survey of 2,000 British people, by online pharmacy Chemist 4 U.
The research found that this apparent lack of romance and communication could be down to the annoying night-time habits of a partner.
48% of those surveyed said that their partner snoring was a frustration, for example, while one in four claimed that it was irritating when they stole the covers or took up too much room. 20% of women think it’s annoying when their significant other is flatulent; while only 10% of men agreed with the same statement – signifying that males might have a tendency to let rip more often than their female counterparts.
Some inconsiderate partners even keep their other half up by watching TV (8%), using their phone (10%) or eating in bed (3%). While other people get uptight about their partner trying to chat before sleeping (10%) or when they get breathed on during the night (15%).
Almost one in ten said that their partner was so annoying, in fact, that they were the top factor that kept them awake at night – more than children and caffeine combined (3.5% and 4% respectively).
These frustrating habits might be the reason that 35% of people prefer to sleep alone than with their love.
Some couples even admit to taking sleep very seriously – with 10% saying that they slept in a separate bed to their partner every single night.
Only a quarter of respondents said the special person in their lives had no annoying habits at all.
Talking about the apparent lack of sex our nation is having, and the frustrations around selfish bedtime behaviour, relationship therapist Sally Baker said: “Some couples who haven’t had sex for years are completely content with the situation. Intimacy isn’t everything in a relationship, but it can become paramount when it is absent or disappointing.
Frustrations in behaviour often come down to the disparity between a couple’s expectations of one another. However, verbal communication is a very important factor in a relationship, and I find that emotionally healthy couples – who communicate well – often go to bed together at the same time.”
Chemist 4 U polled 2,000 British adults. Download the in-depth raw data here, which includes regional, gender and age breakdowns.