According to a new survey by hotel chain Travelodge, 2012 isn’t just going to be remembered for the London Olympic Games or the Diamond Jubilee.
In fact, 2012 sees the death of the traditional goodnight kiss as 80% of Britons admit they are too tired to pucker up at bedtime...
According to a new sleep behaviour study, it seems as if the British are becoming less and less romantic between the sheets. So long to sweet nothings and late night cuddles - 46% of Britons apparently prefer to turn away and sleep with their back to their lover in a bid to get a good night’s sleep every night.
Even worse? A quarter of lovers reported they can’t even bear for their partner to touch them while they’re sleeping – when did sleepy embraces become such a turn off?
And it’s not just cuddling that’s going forgotten in the bedroom - nearly 90% of the 2000 couples polled confessed that they don’t whisper a sweet “I love you” before turning the lights out - and eight out of ten couples won’t even have a kiss before nodding off.
What’s going on?
Well, despite sounding absolutely awful, relationship psychologist Corrine Sweet has explained that the findings actually prove we’re more comfortable with our partners than might first appear.
“Inevitably, once the first flush of lust wears off, with couples naked and entwined, it is more likely that the need for a good night's sleep predominates, so sleeping back to back becomes a favourable position in bed."
And, as nearly half of British couples sleep in the fetal position (on their sides with head and shoulders curled in and knees pulled up) with their backs turned to their lover, it seems as if she’s right.
Plus, despite showing distance, Corinne quickly explained that this popular sleeping position – far from meaning the flames have been doused - shows your trust for your partner.
Plus we guess a good night's sleep leaves those couples with enough energy to get down and dirty later on!
How do you sleep next to your partner? Do you say "I love you" before you go to sleep? Let us know your thoughts below, or tweet us at @CosmopolitanUK