NEW YORK — Everyone has a go-to sleep environment; blinds drawn, a specific thermostat setting, etc, but could something so trivial end a promising new romance? Apparently the answer is yes, according to a recent survey of 2,000 Americans. A whopping 62% said they would hesitate to get involved with someone who had a favorite “sleep situation” that was different than their own.
The survey, commissioned by Slumber Cloud, asked respondents about their ideal sleeping environment, and found a variety of preferences. For example, 42% like a warm and toasty bedroom, while 44% enjoy a chilly room. What about windows? Another divisive topic. Many (43%) like leaving a window open, but 40% want all their windows shut through the night.
Of course, is there any bigger sleep factor than one’s mattress? In all, 41% prefer a softer mattress, while 25% like things to be bit firmer.
A significant portion of respondents like to be lulled to sleep by the TV (42%), but more (58%) would have a hard time with the noise. What about bed sheets? Roughly 30% like a down comforter, but 40% prefer a down-alternative.
Regardless of sleep preferences, sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants. Among respondents who live with a partner with different “sleep needs” the average person endures 26 sleepless nights to accommodate their loved one’s needs.
Survey participants were also asked about their mattress choices, and memory foam came in at number one (21%). After that, latex was number two (20%), followed by hybrid (19%), inner-spring (19%), water bed (10%), and other (5%).
Also, 75% said they like having bedding with cooling features, and 33% said their biggest concern each night is waking up in the middle of the night feeling too hot.
The survey was conducted by OnePoll.