The wrong side of the bed is actually a thing, study suggests

It might be time to swap sides...

If you have ever been accused of getting up on the wrong side of the bed because, frankly, you are a miserable, caffeine-starved miser in the morning, then that person may be onto something, according to a new study.

Those who get out of bed on the left are more likely to be in a better mood that those who chose the right, a survey has suggested. 

Those who hopped out of bed on the left side were also found to have more friends and enjoy their job by a margin of between 4 and 10 per cent respectively, according to a survey of 1,000 UK adults by Sealy UK.

Meanwhile, those who opted for the right admitted to preferring their own company, be pessimistic, and generally being in a bad mood in the morning by a similarly small margin.

The study also revealed that 36 per cent of couples prefer to sleep alone, with almost half attempting to escape snoring, and a fifth simply admitting they prefer to have the bed to themselves. 

Neil Robinson, Sealy’s sleep expert, stressed that the most important factor for waking up in a good mood was getting between 7.5 to 8 hours’ sleep each night. 

While the margins in the study are small, and researchers didn’t investigate other factors which affect moods when waking up, it’s tempting to swap sides with your partner or opt for the other side - just in case mornings become a little more bearable. 

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