Pillow talk and sleep squeezed out by gadgets in bedroom

PILLOW talk between couples may soon be a thing of the past as smartphones and other electronic gadgets take precedence in the bedroom.

That's according to research by national mattress retailer, Sleepy's, which found more than a quarter (26%) of women used their phone to catch up with friends before they went to sleep.

About 15% of men played computer games in bed.

According to the survey,  41 per cent watched television before dozing off with one in 10 enjoying an in-bed snack at the same time.

25-34 year olds were shown to be the biggest television watchers with over half (51%) saying they turned the box on when they turned in.

The majority of computer game players fell into the 18-24 year old category (25%).

With almost one in five (19% admitting to having up to five electronic gadgets and gizmos in their bedroom, it seems people are spending more time engaging with their electronics than with their other half.

Sleepy's product development manager and mattress expert, Melissa Martin, said playing with phones, iPads and laptops before going to sleep would reduce the chances of getting good quality shut-eye.

"Playing a computer game, for example, stimulates the brain meaning it isn't as receptive to switching off when you close your eyes.

"In addition, the increased light exposure from computer or television monitors can keep you awake.

"People would be better off reading a book or magazine in bed. This helps to settle the mind and prepare you for sleep."

However, it seems people may be choosing their phones over their partner's conversational skills for a reason.

The bedroom appears to be a melting pot for arguments with one in five saying they argued with their partner over bedroom temperature.

A further 15% said their partner's fidgeting led to bedroom bickering while 13% disagreed over the firmness of their mattress. 

"Finding a mattress to suit two people isn't as straight forward as you might think," Ms Martin said.

"Different mattresses offer varying levels of firmness and different types of materials can affect how hot you get in bed.

"Make sure you visit a mattress expert who can fit you and your partner to your ideal mattress, based on both of your needs."


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