Is there a wrong side to get out of bed?
November 23rd, 2015
Is there such a thing as getting out the wrong side of bed? There is, according to a new study conducted by leading bed manufacturer, Sealy UK, with “lefties” more likely to be in a good mood each day, have more friends, and love their job!
The study, which questioned 1,000 people from across the UK, contrasted the impact of getting out of bed on the left or right sides, against factors such as mood, success, and world outlook. It was commissioned to help Sealy better understand the factors that can contribute to becoming a “deeper sleeper”.
Fascinatingly, the research found that those who regularly get out of the LEFT side of bed were consistently more likely than “righties” to be in a good mood in the morning, to love their job, to have a positive outlook on life, and have a lot of good friends.
Conversely, those who choose the right side of bed, were more likely than their counterparts to prefer their own company, be pessimistic, and admit to generally being in a BAD mood in the morning.
Lefties – character traits
- Have a positive world outlook (9.5% more likely than “righties”)
- Love their job (8% more likely)
- Have a lot of good friends (8% more likely)
- More likely to be in a good mood in the morning (4% more likely)
Righties – character traits
- Prefer their own company (9% more likely)
- Generally in a bad mood in the morning (7% more likely)
- More likely to be pessimistic (5% more likely than “lefties”)
- Generally, dislike their job (3% more likely)
Neil Robinson, Sealy’s sleep expert, said: “While the margins are small, the research certainly highlights an interesting trend; could it be possible that the left side of bed is the “right” side? For many co-habiting couples this may prove problematic - with each side of the bed a fiercely guarded territory, changing from right to left may not be that easy. The good news is, for those “righties” without a choice, the real way to waking up in a good mood each morning is less about which side you sleep on, and more about getting 7.5 - 8 hours’ sleep each a night on a supportive, comfortable bed.”
The study also highlighted a trend for Brits preferring to ‘go it alone’ when it comes to sleep, with a massive 36 per cent of cohabiting couples in the UK now regularly sleeping apart in separate beds, with one-in-10 spending a massive 365 nights sleeping away from one another each year.
The top reasons for sleeping apart emerged as escaping a partners’ snoring (48%) or their tossing and turning (27%), and respondent preferring to have the bed to themselves (20%) or opting to share it with someone other than their partner – 13 per cent slept with their child in the bed and one in 10 with a pet.