Study: What does your side of the bed reveal about your personality?

Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Slumber Cloud examined the differences between people who sleep on the right and left side of the bed. (Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash)

Does what type of brain you have an influence on which side of the bed you sleep on?

According to new research, people who sleep on the left side of the bed consider themselves more left-brained and people who sleep on the right side of the bed consider themselves more right-brained.

This new statistic emerged in a study of 2,000 Americans, which found that Americans who sleep on the left side are more likely to prefer oldies music and drama films, whereas right side of the bed sleepers prefer rock music and action flicks.

The stats also came out for political affiliation, as left wingers tend to sleep on the left side of the bed, and right wingers tend to sleep on the right side of the bed.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Slumber Cloud, also revealed right-siders tend to prefer wine over beer, whereas left-siders are the opposite.

So why do Americans prefer their particular side of the bed?

According to the results, the top reason Americans sleep where they do is that it’s actually easier for them to get out of bed on that side (40 percent).

Funnily enough, the second biggest reason Americans sleep on their side of the bed is that their partner prefers the other side (31 percent), and one in four says their preferred side has the better view of the TV (25 percent).

“All reasons for sleeping on your side of the bed are good reasons . . . except for it being uncomfortable,” said Katie Mellott of Slumber Cloud. “Make sure your bed is as comfortable as possible no matter the spot with these three tips: Choose the pillow with the right firmness for your sleeping position. Utilize Slumber Cloud temperature regulating bedding that keeps you at a comfortable degree throughout the entire night. Select sheets with a lower thread count to provide more breathability and not trap heat.“

And although they say you should get eight hours of beauty rest a night, according to the results of the study, we’re all barely getting six. On top of that, we’re waking up about two times in the middle of the night.

The average American is clocking six hours and 22 minutes of sleep every night, but one in four Americans (22 percent) say they only get about four or five hours.

And it’s proving to not be enough for most of us, as the average American will hit the snooze button twice a morning, with respondents also waking up grumpy twice a week.

The average American will oversleep and be late for work once a week, with one in six saying that number is actually higher.

Due to the lack of sleep, Americans also say they make two errors at work every day, with 27 percent saying they make more than that.

And bad sleep or lack of sleep is affecting more than just our punctuality and job performance, as 55 percent say they feel a lot more antisocial after a bad night of sleep.

“Eliminate feeling like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed by making sure you are getting quality sleep,” continued Mellott. “Common reasons for not getting the right sleep are waking up hot throughout the night and too many distractions in the bedroom.”


  1. Easier access to leave the bed 40%
  2. My partner prefers the other side 31%
  3. Better access to nightstand 31%
  4. Better view of TV 25%
  5. I like to sleep against a wall 18%

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