Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Too posh to sleep together


We have always provided one bed at Valletta G-House and we were convinced we were offering the ultimate luxurious bed to aspire to. You can imagine our disappointment at finding out through none other than sleep researcher at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital - Neil Stanley - that posh people have never slept together. Only us mere middle class mortals, it seems, do so.

“Sharing a bed is just a cultural norm, with no science behind it,” Stanley says. “Posh people have never done it. It’s a mark of wealth to sleep separately — it should be aspirational.” In Britain, bed-sharing is a relatively recent development, entering the mainstream in the late 19th century. Sensible Victorians are said to have wailed about the intolerable cruelty of having to share a bed. As late as the 1970s, twin beds outsold doubles (remember George and Mildred?). It’s only in the past 30 years that adults have been expected to sleep in a bed that provides 9in less space per person, when divided between two, than a child’s single.

Stanley sums it up succinctly. “Sleep is the most selfish thing you can do, and you can’t share it.”

Read the rest of Neil Stanley's article on The Sunday Times


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