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.