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Do You Act Like Your Sleep Position?

I think that the way I sleep tends to show that I am geeky, laid-back, and a great listener. However, a new study on sleeping positions claims that I am wrong. Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, says that a study of 1,000 Brits revealed that the six most common sleeping positions are indicative of personality types.

We’ve long been told that the position we sleep in reveals what may be going on in our life. As Jessica points out, “Our lives, the amount of sleep we get, and how well we actually rest during those nighttime hours may change drastically over time.” Life situations and changes (such as being in college or having a newborn baby) will definitely affect your quality of sleep. We’ve always assumed the way we lie during sleep directly correlated to those life events, as well.

As Idzikowski says: “We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious posture says about us. What’s interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect.”

According to the study, there are six common sleeping positions:

  • Fetus position – A whopping 41% of participants sleep in this curled-up manner. Women are twice as likely to rest like this and it is listed as the most common position. These sleepers are said to have a tough exterior but are still sensitive and may appear to be shy but warm up quickly.
  • Log position – If you sleep on your side with both arms down, you are a social, easy-going person who is trusting, sometimes to the point of being gullible. The study showed 15% of people sleep like a log.
  • Yearner position – A close third is the side-lying position with both arms out in front of the body, with 13% of participants sleeping like this. Yearners are noted to be open-minded and still cynical, suspicious, and stubborn about sticking to decisions once they are made.
  • Soldier position – These sleepers lie on their backs with arms down and kept close to the body. This 8% study is said to be reserved, quiet, without fuss, and hold themselves and others to a high standard. Soldier sleepers have a higher likelihood for snoring due to the flat-back position, which may not cause them to wake up often but may result in a less restful night’s sleep.
  • Freefall position – Those people who lie on their bellies with arms under or wrapped around a pillow with head turned to the side, make up 7% of the population studied. Freefallers are brash, outgoing, and are very uncomfortable with criticism.
  • Starfish position – Sleepers who lie on their backs with arms up near their head or the pillow account for 5% of participants. These people are good listeners, helpful, and are uncomfortable being the center of attention. People who sleep in starfish position are more likely to snore and to suffer from a poor night’s sleep more often.

I have a tough exterior and am sensitive on the inside? Who would ever believe that? Okay, fine… maybe it’s possible. It would be interesting to know how many of you feel that your personalities closely match your main sleep position. Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.

Are You an Extrovert – or an Introvert?

Geek!This is William C’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

Hey all! I’m William C. I go by Liam or Wolf, and I’m here to provide you with a few tips to get you out and about, for lack of a better phrase.

First I want to take the time to explain what a extroverted person is. Notice I use the word extroverted instead of outgoing. Being extroverted entitles you get energized by being around people. Sometimes this energy manifests itself in the form of nervousness or fear. Yep, that’s right… some of you could be extroverted people whose energy is just uncontrolled but I’m here to help with that.

On the other hand, you may be introverted. This means you like living in your own little world. You gather energy off of being alone, and when you’re around people your energy depletes. If you’re one of these people, you probably won’t be reading this for the tips. Just know that some of these tricks may work for you.

Extroverted means: “Marked by interest in and behavior directed toward others or the environment as opposed to or to the exclusion of self; gregarious or outgoing”

Introverted means: “Marked by interest in or preoccupation with oneself or one’s own thoughts as opposed to others or the environment; shy or reserved.”

I will now give you the WWWWWH Ammunition. This is your arsenal. WWWWWH stands for: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. For the sake of this tutorial, I’m going to assume we are talking to females.

  • Who – Your “mark” for lack of a better word.
  • What – “What” do you want to do? Likely, you want to introduce yourself or confess your love.
  • When – “When” is the best time to do “what” you want to do?
  • Where – Plan ahead, even if you’re not good at it. It is always a good thing to be in a comfortable place.
  • Why – “Why” do you like her? Is she beautiful, smart, funny, or a combination of all three? This will be needed.
  • How – Combine “What” and “Why” to form a plan of action. Sending her roses with a note, or maybe just walk up to her. “How” are you going to do it?

Don’t make yourself into a “player”. This is supposed to be about being extroverted and outgoing. If you use this information only to “score” ladies, then you will inherent a title such as player. Be sociable with every gender, race, and age. Not only will you appear to be friendly, but you may find, as I do, that people are interesting.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “If I get nervous how am I suppose to talk to people?” This is my favorite part, and it’s something that (I hope) I came up with. I call them stress objects or items.

You know that female that you sat and watched… afraid to talk to her because you did not want to be rejected?

How about that the cool guy on the motorcycle that you wanted to say “Hi” too but you were afraid of looking too geeky?

Stress items are the key. What are stress items? They are something that you have that inspires confidence. Stress items give you that extra push. This allows you to tell yourself that you can, in fact, approach anyone.

A stress item can be anything you have at home that reminds you of how amazing you are. I’ll give you a example of my two stress items.

  • Bracelets -I have Rubber Bracelets, with the year 2007 imprinted on them. Why does this bring me confidence? I was homeschooled. I studied & worked extremely hard. I was able to finish school by 2007 instead of 2009. These bracelets remind me that I can do anything. So whenever I’m about to do something that makes me nervous, I put them on just in case I need that boost.
  • Gum -My other stress item is gum. I love gum, and can chew through a whole pack in about a day. This has given me strong teeth. Gum is my ultimate calm down item. Whenever I’m feeling nervous, all I have to do is pop a piece in my mouth. Why does this bring me confidence? Well, my mother is a smoker, and my dad is a chewer. I despise drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. I’m extremely proud of myself for going outside the box and chewing gum instead of doing those above.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you, even though I want you to try my tricks, is to just be yourself. Have fun and enjoy things you like with people that like the same.

Anyway, I really really hope you enjoyed this enough to make a comment. Thanks for your time.