Bedtime barneys: E.ON reveals the role heating plays in sleeping spats
Ensuring you have an efficient boiler not only helps your home to be as energy efficient as possible, it also means you have the added reassurance that your home should be warm when you want it to be, and cooler when you don’t.
By using a smart thermostat, such as our Tadoo, you can take control of your energy use and manage the temperature from your smart phone, meaning you have the flexibility to change your heating controls from wherever you are.
- One in five Brits have argued over the temperature of their bedroom with their partner and more than half have considered or gone ahead with a ‘sleep divorce’
- Heating, duvet hogging, snoring and ‘starfishing’ are some of the reasons arguments occur in the bedroom between British couples
- Sleep Geek James Wilson has teamed up with E.ON to offer expert advice as almost two thirds of Brits unaware of the role temperature plays in getting a good night’s sleep
A third of people (31%) say they’ve had disagreements about the temperature of the home, with heating in the bedroom a real point of contention between British couples.
New research from E.ON1 has revealed that almost one fifth (19%) of Brits have argued over the temperature of their bedroom causing them to fall out. Over one third (39%) heat their bedroom over the recommended temperature of 16°C - 18°C2, despite four in ten (42%) saying they would rather sleep in a cool or cold environment.
And it’s not just the temperature that causes couples to argue in the bedroom; duvet hogging (54%), fidgeting (41%), snoring (74%) and “starfishing” (17%) are also amongst the things that cause chaos between couples, leading to more than half (52%) claiming they have either considered or gone ahead with a ‘sleep divorce’ in order to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Despite bedroom temperatures being one of the biggest causes of arguments between couples, particularly in the North East (23%), one in ten admit that they don’t know how to change the settings on their thermostat and so are unable to effectively manage their home heating.
Additionally, one in five (20%) of those surveyed have been woken up due to their boiler being too noisy with a similar number (21%) not knowing what it means if their boiler is making loud noises.
E.ON’s Director of Marketing, Belinda Moore, commented: “Our research shows that bedroom temperatures play an integral role in our quality of our sleep, which is hugely important for our overall personal wellbeing.
“Ensuring you have an efficient boiler not only helps your home to be as energy efficient as possible, it also means you have the added reassurance that your home should be warm when you want it to be – and cooler when you don’t.
“By using a smart thermostat, such as our Tadoo, you can take control of your energy use and manage the temperature from your smart phone, meaning you have the flexibility to change your heating controls from wherever you are. This can all help achieve the optimal temperature for your home and also a good night’s sleep for both you and your partner.”
Whilst many admitted arguing with their partner over their sleeping habits, a third (33%) want their bedroom cooler than their other half, whilst more than half (55%) claimed they sleep with their heating off all night. In contrast almost half (49%) have admitted to sleeping with their heating on and a window open at the same time.
Sleep behaviour and environment expert James Wilson, aka The Sleep Geek, comments: “It’s worrying to see so many people heating their bedrooms above the recommended temperature as well as sleeping with the heating on and window open throughout the night. This not only wastes energy and is bad for the environment, but it also makes it difficult for your body to regulate its core temperature – something which is essential when trying to get a good night’s sleep. It’s great to see E.ON raising awareness of how important room temperature is in such a vital human need.”
In order to initiate sleep, our bodies experience a drop in core temperature meaning that a cooler bedroom environment between 16°C – 18°C is essential in order to aid the sleep process. However, E.ON’s research has shown that almost two thirds (58%) of Brits were unaware of the importance of getting bedroom temperatures right.
To help educate the nation ahead of Sleep Awareness Week (8th–14th March) and help reduce the number of arguments in the home, E.ON and the Sleep Geek have teamed up to provide five top tips on how to heat your home and keep it at the optimum temperature, day and night.
- Many people tend to believe that a warm, toasty room is best when trying to achieve good quality sleep. However, to achieve a deep and more relaxing night’s rest, heating the room to a temperature between 16°C and 18°C is best. Young children and the elderly may require a slightly warmer temperature, so investing in smart radiator thermostats to manage different rooms in the house could be beneficial. Generally speaking, ensuring that the bedroom feels a little cooler as you walk in means your body will be encouraged to drop in core temperature needed to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Most boilers will need replacing after a decade or so, but there’s a few tell-tales signs to look out for when it’s getting near to the end of its shelf life. These include it making loud noises or the radiators not heating up. Be sure to get your boiler regularly serviced and bleed radiators to avoid a nasty surprise of waking up to a freezing room and a cold shower.
- If you’ve recently moved house, be sure to understand the type of insulation it has, particularly if you’ve moved from an old build to a new build property, as the level and quality of insulation often varies. Having a solid understanding of this will help you to take action and better insulate your home, meaning heat doesn’t needlessly escape.
- Using smart technology like Tado° means that you’re able to control the heating in your home from the palm of your hand, something which will be useful in the run up to spring when temperatures can vary dramatically week by week.
- If you and your partner have different temperature needs, think about separate duvets and/or sheets. If you or your partner gets hot in the night, it doesn’t make sense for you to be sharing a duvet, so having separate duvets means you can have different togs as needed. It’ll also help the 54% of couples who argue over duvet hogging.
E.ON offers electricity backed by 100% renewable sources as standard3 and a range of energy efficient and smart home solutions to ensure customers can be as efficient as possible.
As well as A-rated, highly efficient Worcester Bosch gas boilers and flexible payment terms4 for these, E.ON offers smart meters and smart thermostats which can all help people better manage their home energy use.
Notes to editors
1. Research conducted by FlyResearch in February 2020, with a survey of 2,000 18 – 55 year olds.
3. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your homes comes from the National Grid. Find out more at eonenergy.com/renewable
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