You may not realize it, but the way you sleep says a lot about your personality.
Psychologists and sleep scientists have spent loads of time surveying various sleeping positions, with the aim of figuring out what they mean and whether they convey our character traits.
Now at long last, these researchers can officially say they’ve made a connection (1), and the results are mind-blowing!
Continue reading to find out what your favored sleeping positions says about you.
Top 12 Most Common Sleep Positions
1. The Fetus
If you find the fetal position the most comfortable, you're likely to show the world a hard front but on the inside, you're probably a massive softie.
We think Chris Idzikowski, Ph.D. put it best when he said; “Those who favor the side-lying fetal position tend to be sensitive, but may project a tough exterior.” (2)
You also tend to be shy at first but are quick to relax around new company.
2. The Free Faller
This is the position of those who are skydiving in sleep. You sleep flat on your stomach, with your arms wrapped around a cushion, and your head tilted to the side.
You’ll boast a “larger than life” personality. Yet, historically, you’re not very good at handling criticism or tricky situations.
3. The Yearner
Like the title suggests, this is when you look as though you’re reaching out while laying on your side.
“Yearners” are typically very cautious when it comes to making decisions. However, once you’ve made up your mind, there’s no going back!
4. The Coffin
This sleeping position is creepy, to say the least.
You rest on your back, with your arms locked by your sides or folded over your chest. You almost look like you're dead!
Apparently, if you sleep like this, you’re more likely to boast a quieter personality and live your life to a high moral standard.
5. The Starfish
Imagine a starfish, and you’ll get the general idea of how you position yourself.
You’re a fabulous listener and usually the first to lend a helping hand. However, you aren’t the most considerate of bedfellows!
6. The Log
The “log position” requires you to rest on your side, with your arms close to you. overall, you’re more sociable, friendly, and approachable.
However, your trusting nature can occasionally result in being overly gullible, which sometimes makes you an easy target for manipulation- not cool.
7. The Left-Side Sleeper
Studies suggest that left-side sleepers are more artistic- according to a Sealy survey (3), those that sleep on their left are more likely to work in creative industries. For example, advertising and marketing.
You also have a better chance of boasting a higher level of education.
8. The Right-Side Sleeper
The same Sealy survey showed that right-side sleepers are likely to drink more caffeine and enjoy the odd cigarette...or two.
Interestingly, more right-side sleepers reported working in the manufacturing and transportation industries- who knew?
9. The Spoon
Did you know, those who spoon with their spouse are more likely tofeel cranky than solo sleepers?
According to sleep.org sleeping with someone else means you’re 50% more likely to endure a night’s kip full of disturbances! (4)
It goes without saying, waking in the night can leave you feeling overly tired and groggy the following morning.
10. The Stargazer
Stargazers fall asleep on your back with your arms enveloped around your head.
It's believed your friendships are your number one priority. You'll literally do anything to keep your buddies close to you. You also tend to be pretty happy and are an all-around positive person.
11. The Pillow Hugger
If you love snuggling with your pillow as you settle down, there's a good chance you value your relationships.
It doesn't matter whether it's your spouse or your colleagues- you appreciate your connections with other people.
12. The Thinker
This position is similar to the fetal position. However, you have one (or both) of your hands resting under or on your chin.
Overall, “Thinkers” are often guilty of allowing your emotions to run away with you. Your intense passion makes it hard to balance your feelings- this makes everyday life difficult for you.
Which Is the Best Sleeping Position in Your Opinion?
As you can see, there's plenty of ways to fall asleep. Can you spot the sleeping position that sounds most like you? If so, can you relate to the personality traits associated with how you rest?
Let us know in the comment box below; we'd love to hear from you!
(1) "Sleep position gives personality clue." BBC News, www.news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3112170.stm. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
(2) Cahn, Lauren. “This Is What Your Sleep Position Reveals About Your Personality." Reader's Digest, www.rd.com/culture/sleep-position-personality/. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
(3) “WHAT DOES YOUR SLEEP POSITION SAY ABOUT YOU?” Sealy, 13 Sep. 2017, www.sealy.co.uk/about-sealy/inside-sealy/sealy-blog/2017/september/what-does-your-sleep-position-say-about-you/
(4) National Sleep Foundation. "How Cuddling Affects Your Sleep." Sleep.org, www.sleep.org/articles/cuddling-and-sleep/. Accessed 6 Dec. 2018.
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