There’s a growing trend in the UK that’s helping many couples to enjoy their waking and sleeping time together. It doesn’t involve expensive therapy, adjustments to behaviour, trying to understand your partner’s point of view or little blue pills. In fact, it’s such a simple solution it’s been surprisingly overlooked until recently. It’s all about commitment. To a BIGGER bed.
It’s rising fast
Of all the mattresses and beds sold in the UK, nearly half of us (47%) were still opting for a standard double bed (4ft 6’ or 135 x 190 cm), according to the 2017 Sleep Council survey. However, there is a steadily climbing trend indicating you and I prefer a more spacious place to get our heads down. In their 2013 survey only 20% of people opted for a King Size (5ft or 150 x 200) but by 2017, 32% of us chose a King.
Those few centimetres make all the difference
Known in Japan as a ‘Wide Double’ and North America as a ‘Queen’ bed, a King size bed also has an extra 10cm length, which makes it particularly desirable for tall people. In European countries such as Belgium, Finland, Holland, Greece, Iceland and Switzerland the vast majority of couples sleep on a King Size bed.
The Brits are smaller
Most visitors to the UK are dismayed to find that our Standard Double beds are so small, especially in hotels. And they have a point – compared with the wider range and larger standard bed sizes in Europe and America, a Standard Double is diminutive. Two people sharing a 4ft 6’ wide space only allows 2ft 3’each. Think about it – that’s less space than a child in a Small Single at 2ft 6’!
Tossing and turning
Inevitably this leads to sleep disturbance from your partner. Most of us don’t get nearly enough sleep anyway but studies by the UK’s Sleep Expert, Dr. Neil Stanley, show that couples are up to 50% more likely to be disturbed by their sleeping partner than singles. So far so obvious maybe, but the fact that many of us wiggle around 60 or 70 times a night is exacerbated in a space-starved bed!
It needs to be bigger
So it stands to reason that couples sleep better in a larger bed, where they can move about without disturbing each other. A King Size bed is a significantly better solution for you and I. Too many disturbed nights lead to sleep deprivation, which takes a surprisingly unforgiving toll on our bodies. Even the briefest internet search will show numerous studies to prove that sleep deprivation directly leads to weight gain, depression, poor mood and lowered cognitive function during the day – making you far more accident prone. All undesirable outcomes for the better life you want for yourself and your loved ones. Dr. Stanley also notes that more road accidents are caused by tiredness than drink driving. A sobering thought.
People are bigger now
Over time, the average size of people has changed. In the USA in the 1950’s the first Queen and King size beds were introduced by the bedding industry as a response to national statistics. These showed both men and women were bigger than they had been 50 years before. In 1900 only 4% of men were over 6ft tall. By the 1950’s this figure was at 20%. In 2018, in the UK, where the trend is toward obesity, we are all bigger too, but around the middle. Marks and Spencer’s sales figures show the average female size is now a 14 and the most commonly purchased man’s jacket between sizes 40 and 44. In 2014, the World Health Organisation found that 28.1% of adults in the UK were clinically obese. This surely calls into question our ability to fit two adults into a 4ft 6’ bed, let alone expect them to have a good night’s sleep.
Put your relationship first
Estimates suggest that we spend a third of our life asleep. That represents twenty years of our life when we reach the age of sixty. Because sleep is such an essential component of our health, doesn’t it make good sense to invest in the best restorative sleeping experience that we can afford? Upgrading to a larger size bed and a supportive mattress made from quality components such as natural latex, needs to be a priority. In the same way that many of us will save for a new car, kitchen or holiday, our most important health item is becoming recognised for the better quality of life it can offer. Can you afford not to take heed of the wisdom of the crowd?
King size your life – because bigger is fast becoming the new normal.