The End Of The Goodnight Kiss
End of the goodnight kiss?
- 80% of couples go to sleep without even a simple peck (and 90% don't even bother to say 'I love you')
- Research also finds 46% of Britons sleep with their backs to their partners
- People are most honest with their body language during sleep, expert says
- Sleep behaviour study of 2,000 couples carried out by hotel chain Travelodge
Even after the passion has faded a little, a goodnight kiss doesn’t seem too much to expect from your partner.
But according to research, it probably is.
Eighty per cent of couples no longer kiss each other good night, it found – because they’re so focused on getting to sleep.
A quarter said they cannot bear their partner to touch them in bed, while 90 per cent don’t even manage to say ‘I love you’ before they turn out the lights.
And such is their mission to get a good night’s rest that 46 per cent said they sleep with their backs to their partner.
But that might not be as bad as it sounds.
Corrine Sweet, a relationship psychologist, said the back-to-back position shows innocence and trust –and body language during sleep cannot be faked.
She said: ‘Inevitably, once the first flush of lust wears off, with couples naked and entwined, it is more likely that the need for a good night’s sleep predominates, so sleeping back to back becomes a favourable position in bed.’
Indeed, only 1 per cent of the 2,000 couples surveyed by Travelodge said they sleep in what the researchers called the ‘heroic romantic movie scene sleeping’ position, with the man lying on his back and the woman’s head on his chest. Real life? The 'heroic romantic movie scene sleeping' position famously portrayed in the Eighties film When Harry Met Sally (Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal pictured), is just a position for the camera
Miss Sweet said: ‘Couples fall into habitual ways of sleeping together that suits their personalities and personal preferences.