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Snoring is the country’s most annoying habit in bed, Ireland’s largest ever national sleep survey has found.

Three times more people rate their partner’s snoring (43 per cent) as the most annoying habit in bed, than the next most hated characteristic, stealing the duvet (13 per cent), the Hastings Hotels National Sleep Survey has found.

The luxury hotel group surveyed 8,500 people to find out what really influences our sleeping and bedtime habits.

Other annoying habits include partners coming to bed late (7.5 per cent) and using screens (4.6 per cent).

Respondents cited partners pretending not to hear the children during the night, playing videos in bed and waking them up to say that they were snoring as some of the most annoying night-time irritations.

Despite all of this, 42 per cent of people prefer to have company in bed while a sleep-loving 24 per cent like it all to themselves.

The perfect combination for a good night’s sleep is a good mattress, comfortable bedding and the correct room temperature, according to three quarters of respondents.

“Room temperature and noise were the two top factors inhibiting sleep followed by uncomfortable pillows and mattresses,” said Julie Hastings, Marketing Director of Hastings Hotels, recently voted Ireland’s top luxury hotel group.

“Drinking caffeine was joined by a new scourge of the active mind, night-time screen use, while annoying partners were cited by 11 per cent of respondents.”

When it comes to winding down, one in four said that reading a book or listening to music helps them achieve a restful sleep while a little over one in ten like a night-time tipple.

“Meditation, a hot bath or a warm drink are the go-to solutions for the remaining 25 per cent of people.”

The large majority of those surveyed – 69 per cent – sleep between six and eight hours a night, with 22 per cent of respondents getting between four and six hours.

“We should spare a thought for the 1.29 per cent among us who average less than four hours per night,” said Ms Hastings.

“77 per cent of us claim to sleep on our sides, 13 per cent on our fronts and only 10 per cent of us on our backs, which is news to the army of long-suffering partners of snorers.”

When it comes to sleeping away from home, almost two thirds of respondents rated the quality of sleep in a hotel bed better than or the same as that at home.

“Bed quality features as one of the top factors for a good night’s sleep and influences almost three-quarters of hotel bookings,” said Ms Hastings.

“We are delighted to find that nine out of ten respondents who had stayed in a Hastings Hotel rated it either high quality or very high quality.

“Our Cloud Beds, which are now famous in their own right, are made bespoke for us by King Koil in Kildare and feature a deep pillow layer, hand filled with blends of soft cushioning for that ‘floating on clouds’ experience.”

Hastings Hotels were recently voted Ireland’s top luxury hotel group in the Travel Media Awards and have earned a host of accolades at the Luxury Lifestyle Magazine Awards.

The Grand Central Hotel in Belfast was named at the Best City Hotel and the Slieve Donard was voted the Best Spa Wellness Resort in the UK magazine’s readers awards.