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What Your Sleeping Position Says About Your Personality

Posted by Dr Sleep for Moon Mattress on

Your favourite sleep position could say a lot about you. Research has found that the body language you have in your sleep often relates to personality traits you portray when you’re awake. Let’s explore six common sleep positions and what they might mean about our inner selves.

Fetal. Sleeping in this position can imply introversion, sensitivity and shyness, and a desire to protect oneself. People who sleep in this position are known to be tough on the outside, but big softies on the inside. This is the most common sleep position reported in a nationwide survey. The fetal position is a pretty safe way to doze off, because it allows your spine to rest in its natural alignment.
The Log. Lying on your side with your arms by your sides may be a sign that you can just “roll” with whatever life offers. You’re a social butterfly, log sleepers are thought to be friendly, carefree, trusting and popular, but are also known to be quite gullible. Plus, log sleepers are more likely to consider themselves to be healthy. Sleeping on your side (like in the log position) is recommended, because you’re able to rest more comfortably and it reduces the likelihood of interrupted sleep.
The Yearner. If you sleep on your side with your arms stretched out in front of you, as if reaching for something, you are likely to be a bit complicated – open-minded, yet cynical; and slow and suspicious when making decisions. Like you’re always grasping for the right answers. However, once your mind is made up, you stick to it. A position like this is encouraged for those suffering from back or hip pain.

The Soldier. If you sleep on your back with your arms by your sides, we salute you. Soldier sleepers are probably quiet and reserved. People who sleep in this position also tend to hold themselves and others to high standards and are more likely to say they sleep this way because it has medical benefits. It keeps your spine aligned. reduces tension headaches. helps chronic conditions by reducing pressure and compression.

The Starfish. Do you sprawl out over the entire bed when you sleep, comfortable and carefree? You might think this makes you a bed hog, but really, starfish sleepers tend to be selfless, giving people. They are always eager to lend a hand to a friend in need and are known to be good listeners.  Starfish sleepers may sleep on their backs or bellies. If you experience back pain, consider placing a good pillow or rolled-up towel under your knees to align the natural curve of your spine.

The Freefaller. If you sleep on your stomach with your arms wrapped around your pillow and head turned to the side, you are likely to be bold and highly social, but don’t have very thick skin when it comes to taking criticism or dealing with intense or absurd situations. A recent survey found that introverts reported having a strong aversion to this sleep position. If you do sleep on your stomach, use an extremely soft pillow or none at all, so your neck won’t be at an awkward angle.

Well, hopefully you’ve learned a little more about yourself – or had a good laugh. Remember that no matter what sleep position you choose, establishing good sleep habits and setting up your bedroom for sleep will help you get the quality zzz’s you are seeking.


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