Sealy UK has found a tenth of co-habiting couples admit to sleeping in separate beds to make room for an animal companion.
Partners up-and-down the UK are being banished from their own beds to make room for their four-legged friend, according to research by the world’s number one bed brand, Sealy UK.
With pet owners getting socks with their beloved animal chum’s face on them, the sound of sleeping with them at the cost of their other half’s spot in the bed doesn’t seem out of the ordinary.
In fact, the findings show that a whopping 10 per cent of couples now regularly sleep apart in separate beds to make room for one or more animal companions – with almost a fifth admitting to doing this as many as six nights a week.
Those in the 35-44 age bracket (17%) are most likely to share their bed with a pet, with Bristolians being revealed as the biggest pet-lovers as a whopping 25 per cent of couples admitted to now regularly sleep in separate beds to make room for one or more animal companions.
The top five cities where respondents are most likely to favour an animal companion to their partners are as follows:
Bristol (25%), Leeds (22%), Edinburgh (20%), Liverpool (14%) and Southampton (12%).
Neil Robinson, Sealy’s Chief Sleep Officer, said: “At Sealy we understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, as it can impact on so many other aspects of our lives.
“It’s no surprise that Brits love their pets, but the research findings are particularly fascinating as we see so many people opting to put their animal friend ahead of their significant other. However, it’s widely known for pets to have a calming effect and offer comfort to their owners, something which promotes deep sleep, so the trend is understandable”.