Separate beds preferred by married Japanese

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How do you currently sleep at home? graph of japanese statisticsThis recent survey from iShare looked into the Japanese bedroom to find out how couples sleep in Japan.

Demographics

Between the 26th and 29th of October 2010 615 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.4% of the sample were male, 24.1% in their twenties, 35.0% in their thirties, and 41/0% in their forties.

Q1SQ1 is perhaps slightly misleading as I suspect people who sleep on futons often use two single quilts and two single matresses pushed together as double futons are the exception rather than the rule, although I should look for statistics to back up this claim.

Some of the reasons for sleeping in separate rooms were due to a baby displacing the husband, but noisy snoring was also a factor.

Research results

Q1: Are you currently married? (Sample size=615)

 AllMale
N=347
Female
N=268
Yes (to SQ1 and SQ2)38.9%36.9%41.4%
No (to SQ3)61.1%63.1%58.6%

Q1SQ1: How do you currently sleep at home? (Sample size=239)

 AllMale
N=128
Female
N=111
Same bed, futon33.5%31.3%36.0%
Same room, different beds, futons close together39.3%39.8%38.7%
Same room, different beds, futons far apart3.3%4.7%1.8%
Different rooms23.8%24.2%23.4%

The older couples got the further they drifted away. By their forties, 27.9% were in different rooms.

Q1SQ2: How would you like to sleep at home? (Sample size=239)

 AllMale
N=128
Female
N=111
Same bed, futon31.8%36.7%26.1%
Same room, different beds, futons close together43.1%44.5%41.4%
Same room, different beds, futons far apart5.0%2.3%8.1%
Different rooms20.1%16.4%24.3%

About three-quarters of those currently sharing a bed or sleeping close together wanted to stay that way, but only half of those in different rooms did.

Q1SQ3: If you were married, how would you want to sleep at home? (Sample size=376)

 AllMale
N=219
Female
N=157
Same bed, futon19.1%23.3%13.4%
Same room, different beds, futons close together48.4%46.6%51.0%
Same room, different beds, futons far apart5.9%4.6%7.6%
Different rooms26.6%25.6%28.0%
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  1. November 20, 2010 @ 00:14

    > Q1SQ1 is perhaps slightly misleading as I suspect people who sleep on futons often use two single quilts and two single matresses pushed together as double futons are the exception rather than the rule

    I agree

    It would have been even more interesting if the results had been separated between futons and beds.
    I’d imaging more people who use futon would not share the same futon and more people who use beds would use the same bed.

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