A third of British couples share a bed with a ‘blanket bandit’

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More than a third of British couples regularly share a bed with an infuriating blanket bandit - a partner who regularly steals or hogs the duvet.

A study of 2000 adults by sleep technology firm Simba found one in four believe a restless night by a duvet-stealing partner can make them see red, and one in six have even ended relationships over it.

Steve Reid, CEO of sleep technology company Simba, said: “Duvet stealing is a sore subject among British couples - a bedroom habit that’s the catalyst for hundreds of arguments.

“Combine this with a healthy dose of festive season stress for good measure.

“Whether it’s the pandemonium of having everyone under one roof, keeping the house tidy or the pressure of cooking, each can keep us from being our usual calm, well-rested selves.

third british couples share bed blanket bandit

Speaking of the brand’s new ‘infinite duvet’ system, Steve added, “We thought it could be fun to explore how we me might put some of these tensions to bed.”

The study also found three in 10 adults feel tensions rise when they come home to an untidy bedroom or unmade bed.

And one in five have argued with their partner about their inability to make the bed in the morning.

third british couples share bed blanket bandit

Four in five adults also cite that one of life’s most simple pleasures is getting into fresh bedding, yet one in five never wash their duvet.

Steve Reid added, “When you sleep better, you are more likely to make better decisions, take less risks and start the day in a more positive and peaceful frame of mind.

“So, for those who can't wait for a futuristic sleep solution like the Duvet Diplomat, Simba's temperature-regulating Hybrid Duvet with space-inspired Stratos technology has everything you need to prevent sleepless nights this Christmas."

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It also emerged one in four adults feel social media has inspired them to try and achieve a more boutique-hotel-style bedroom, with a neat aesthetic.

And 75 per cent said a tidy and stylish bedroom environment makes them feel happier and more peaceful than more chaotic décor.

Tend to argue about your sleeping arrangements? There are the 10 sleep and bedroom habits that send British couples tempers soaring:

  1. Snoring (39 per cent)
  2. Being woken up by a duvet-stealing partner (24 per cent)
  3. Not putting clothes in the laundry bin (23 per cent)
  4. Encroaching on your partner’s side of the bed (22 per cent)
  5. Fidgeting / tossing and turning (20 per cent)
  6. Coming home to untidy bedroom (15 per cent)
  7. Keeping the light on too late 14 per cent
  8. Coming home to an unmade bed (14 per cent)
  9. Long toenails that scratch (13 per cent
  10. Your partner doesn’t make the bed (11 per cent)
  11. Cold feet (10 per cent)
Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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