What Your Side of the Bed Says About You

If you're one of those people who must sleep on a particular side of the bed, you're not alone. For many folks, it's entirely possible to get up on the wrong side of the bed. But does your personal preference reveal certain things about your personality? An unscientific study by a British hotel chain maintains that it does.

Premier Inn, the largest hotel chain in Britain, polled 3,000 adults and discovered that left-side snoozers seem to get more out of life than their right-sided counterparts. More than 25 percent of them claim to have a very positive outlook versus only 18 percent of right-side sleepers. They are generally more confident, more cheerful upon awakening, and more ready to tackle stress and heavy workloads. Two-thirds of them feel they are more likely to remain calm in a crisis than their right-side partners. Almost one-third of lefties—31 percent—love their jobs while just 18 percent of righties do. In fact, 10 percent of right-side sleepers downright despise their jobs, although they do tend to be higher earners than their lefty counterparts.

Should you switch sides in the hopes of attaining more happiness and confidence? Not so fast. There may be compelling reasons to stay on your preferred side of the bed that have nothing to do with your personality. One woman offered this information in an online forum: "[I sleep on the left because] I'm left-handed, so it makes it easier for me to access things on my nightstand, answer the phone, etc. It works out well, because my husband is right-handed!" Another gentleman confesses to claiming whichever side of the bed is closest to the air conditioner or vent, "At home that means that I sleep on the left side of the bed, but on the road it could mean either side." Another responder confesses that living in a bad part of town for several years took its toll, "I always sleep on the side of the bed that is closest to the door. This is done to make sure that if someone comes into the room in the middle of the night I can protect my significant other."

Even if you decide to try sleeping on a different side of the bed than you're used to, it may just feel wrong. The Premier Inn poll found that three-quarters of responders would find it strange to switch sides, and one-quarter said they would be in a worse mood the next day. So perhaps it's safest to stay where you're comfortable, and tackle any personality and mood issues by other means.




Premier Inn. "So Far Left it's Right." Web. http://www.premierinn.com/en/news/news_category/so-far-left-its-right.html