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Which side of the bed you sleep on matters

Wednesday - 1/4/2012, 6:58am  ET

Darci Marchese, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- The common saying, "I woke up on the wrong side of the bed," begs a question British researchers sought to answer recently -- and did.

Research shows it is possible to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and sides do matter.

A study by Premier Inn, U.K.'s largest chain of hotels, asked 3,000 adults about their sleeping habits. They found those who sleep on the left side of the bed are happier than their right counterparts. It found so-called "lefties" generally to be more cheerful, positive and capable of tackling heavy workloads and stressful days.

More than 25 percent of people who snooze on the left side of the bed feel they have a positive outlook on life in general, compared to 18 percent of right-side sleepers.

But it's not all bad for right-siders. The study also found that they earn more than left-siders.

For those who sleep on the right side and now would like to make a switch, good luck. The study found more than half of those surveyed refused to swap sides with their other half.

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