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New Study Reveals 5 Biggest Icks in the Bedroom

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Get Laid Beds partnered with sleep expert, Charli Davies to share tips on improving sleep hygiene and minimising sleep-related icks.

The term “ick” has become increasingly popular, especially in dating, with over 14,000 searches a month. Get Laid Beds conducted a survey to reveal the UK’s biggest bedroom icks.

The data highlights that people find snoring the ickiest trait (60%), followed closely by fidgeting (43%) and sleepwalking (38%).

Top 5 sleep-related icks

Ranking

Sleeping trait

Percentage of people in the UK who said it was an ick

1st

Snoring

60%

2nd

Moving a lot

43%

3rd

Sleep walking

38%

4th

Sleep talking

28%

5th

Dribbling

21%

Of the most common sleeping complaints, over 4 in 10 (42%) of people surveyed said they had slept in a room with someone who fidgets.

People aged 31-40 are most icked out by sleepwalkers, this could be due to increased responsibilities and the need for uninterrupted sleep. The majority of people in this demographic will be balancing demanding careers and family obligations, making restful sleep crucial. As a result, they may find disturbances like sleepwalking more triggering in comparison to other age groups.

Charli, founder of Snuzzze said: “There are certain sleep issues related to these icks that can sometimes be easily reduced and some not so much.

“It doesn’t surprise me that snoring is at the top of the ick list.  It’s the bane of millions of people’s lives and the cause of less than decent sleep. Why so many people snore and the cause of some of the other icks, in my opinion, are down to our overall lifestyle from what we eat to the amount of alcohol we drink.  

“It goes without saying then that we can reduce snoring by avoiding alcohol and leading a generally healthy lifestyle.  Alcohol relaxes the muscles and this goes for the muscles in our throats too.  This means that your throat can relax too much as you’re sleeping and collapse in as you breath, which causes snoring.   Sleeping pills can have the same effect.  Maintaining a healthy weight reduces any weighing down on your airway preventing air to flow in and out easily.

“The trick I think most people are aware of to reduce snoring is changing sleep position from our backs to our sides, although this doesn’t always help.  I think most of us achieve this with a dig to the ribs or pushing the person we’re sharing a bed with.  But if we want to avoid this and reduce waking our bed partners, putting a pillow behind our back can stop rolling onto it in the night. 

“Dribbling usually occurs when we breathe through our mouths instead of our nose when sleeping. To get restful sleep nose breathing is best however this may be uncomfortable and seeing an ENT specialist can help.  Some of the same advice for snoring can reduce mouth breathing such as avoiding alcohol and maintaining a healthy lifestyle but ensuring the bedroom is cool, not dusty – which may mean no TV in the bedroom as they attract dust and a bedroom free of clutter – can reduce the stuffiness in our nose that can cause us to revert to mouth breathing. 

“Moving a lot, sleep talking and sleepwalking can be related to sleep disorders and some are classed as parasomnias. These sleep icks should not be taken lightly and if they are reducing your ability to sleep well, are impacting your relationship or your ability to function at your best, I’d recommend seeing a sleep professional or your GP to get to the root cause of them as it’s unlikely that sleep hygiene will help.”

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