Sharing a bed with your partner and having sex with your partner don't necessarily go hand in hand, and a new survey shows that some sleeping positions are more associated with having sex than others. Mattress Advisor, which provides reviews of mattresses and sleep advice, surveyed 1,000 Americans aged 18 to 73 about their sleeping habits — and their relationships. As you can imagine, there were a lot of connections between the two.
Some of the connections were more general, like the fact that sleeping better was related to happier relationships. Among those surveyed who didn't sleep very well, only 74.5 percent of people were satisfied with their relationship. But for people who did sleep well, almost everyone — 95.9 percent — was satisfied in their relationship. With how important sleep is to your overall health, maybe it's no surprise.
"Sharing a sleeping space is not always easy," Alesandra Woolley, a rep for Mattress Advisor, tells Bustle. "Many couples struggle with finding sleeping positions, or even a mattress that they both find comfortable." In fact, it's so important that Mattress Advisor has a mattress guide for couples to pick out the right mattress, which is definitely helpful when you and your partner's sleeping preferences differ.
Woolley stresses that you shouldn't be afraid to talk to your partner if you're having trouble sleeping. "As our study shows, being comfortable in bed can have an impact on a couple's overall relationship happiness, so it's an important, and often overlooked, topic to discuss," Woolley says. "Particularly if you're in a new relationship, having the conversation about sleeping positions or choosing not to engage in a position you find uncomfortable can be difficult. My best advice is don't be shy about letting your partner know what you do and don't find comfortable, and ask them the same questions. Being on the same page can lead to relationship happiness as well."
But that wasn't where the connections between sleep and relationships ended — sleep affected couples' sex lives, too. Respondents were asked to rate how much they have sex on a scale of one to five (with five meaning you have sex every night). They found that different positions were linked with having sex more or having it, well, not so much. Here's how the positions ranked.