Sleep At Two Is Not Always Easy
If bed sharing is a choice that confers a sense of security, it sometimes harms the quality of sleep. And thus to the daily well-being.
According to the survey* conducted by the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance (INSV) and the Mutual General of National Education (MGEN). On the occasion of the 17th Day of Sleep. 50% Of French people sleep in a couple, 25% of those who have a child at home occasionally share the same room with him. And 17% allow their pet to come to bed every night. This is not without consequence on the quality of their sleep, and therefore on their daily well-being, even their health.
One in two French shares the bed – like the life – of the person he loves. Three times out of four, he does so by choice, according to the survey. We complain of a quarter who can only sleep in a couple! Not sleeping alone confers a sense of security. But it can also alter the quality of the nights. Moreover, those who sleep alone often specify that it is because of comfort or because their spouse snores. Other factors may explain the difficulty of not sharing the same bed. The list of test questions, posted on Sleep Village, proves their diversity. Earlybirds and late risers often struggle to match their rhythms. The chilly and the “chilled warm” hardly support to make common quilt.
Especially no computer, tablet or smartphone
In addition, three-quarters of French people awaken at least once a night and for an average of 33 minutes. Again, the timing of these episodes is just impossible. As stated by Dr. Joëlle Adrien, the president of INSV, it is normal to wake up for a short time at each end of the sleep cycle, every hour and a half on average. On the other hand, what is not normal is not to go back to sleep quickly … within 5 minutes. If this period is prolonged and becomes agonizing, it is better to get up, have a quiet activity in another room for 10 to 20 minutes (reading, music) and especially no computer, tablet or smartphone! Then, go back to bed. Discreetly obviously not to bother the other…
On the other hand, parents know that young children love to join them in bed: 25% sleep there from time to time, but sometimes visits are more frequent. This is mostly for women and children aged 2 to 5 years. Apart from problems related to the size of the dwelling, the reasons for this “co-dodo” with her child are multiple: night-time crying or child’s requests, absence of a parent or medical reasons. Needless to say, this situation is not ideal for the quality of parental sleep. The specialists therefore advise the child to learn to sleep alone and to acquire autonomy with respect to his sleep.
Hygiene and pets
Finally, apart from the problems of hygiene. The presence of a dog or a cat in his bed, is not obvious because our sleep patterns are very different. However, 13% of French people who leave the bedroom door open at night feel that the presence of the pet improves the quality of their nights (mostly those who live alone). This benefit is partly due to the affective dimension of the presence of a pet at night.
As can be seen, individual rhythms and needs, as well as the nocturnal environment, vary greatly among individuals. But everyone must absolutely have his “right dose” of sleep. “That is why it is necessary to raise awareness, both individually and collectively, of the real public health issue of sleep. In order to put in place solutions adapted to each one,” concludes Joëlle Adrien, INSV.
* Conducted by the Health Department of OpinionWay. It was carried out with a national sample representative of the French population of 1001 people aged between 18 and 65 years, from 28 November to 7 December 2016.