Comforting Lonely Adults


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More men than women take teddy bears to bed when sleeping alone, it is claimed. According to a new study, some 20% of men admitted to cuddling a teddy, compared to 15% of women. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 63% said they needed a bedtime cuddle to sleep.

Eight percent of women admitted spraying their pillow or nightclothes with their partner's aftershave when away from home on their own. But only 3% of men resorted to using their partner's perfume to offset loneliness.

Nearly three in five people felt lonely sleeping without their partner, while 16% found it difficult to get to sleep and 9% felt scared. The survey revealed actress Angelina Jolie was the person men would most like to cuddle up with. Women opted for Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp.

The study was commissioned by hotel chain Travelodge which says it is now piloting a 'Cuddillow'. This is a cuddling pillow which is two-and-a-half feet long and has two arms for guests to snuggle into.