When we sleep, some of us curl up and some of us sprawl out. These different sleeping positions may not seem like a big deal, but some people believe the way you sleep reveals your character traits and personalities. Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, believed he discovered the personality traits of sleeping positions after conducting a survey of sleepers in the 1940s. With regards to his research, he stated, “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.”
Sleep is essential to the human body, as you can die from severe sleep deprivation. Because it’s such an important function, maybe the position you snooze in actually matters. From postures like “The Soldier” to “The Yearner,” what does your sleeping position unveil about you?
If you sleep on your side with your legs and both arms straight down, you’re literally sleeping like a log. Log sleepers are believed to be even-tempered and social butterflies. They can be very trusting and sometimes gullible. If you have minor back pain, assuming the log position might be good as it keeps the spine straight.
Also known as the fetal position, the sleepers who adopt the baby position lie on their side with their knees pulled up to their chest. Fetal sleepers are said to be sensitive with a tough exterior and may be reserved or more introverted. It’s believed twice as many women sleep in the fetal position than men.
People who sleep on their backs with their arms over their heads are known as starfish sleepers. They are said to make excellent friends, loyal and helpful with very good listening skills. Starfish also tend to stay out of the limelight. Because they lie on their back like a solider sleeper, starfish can be snorers as well.
Soldier sleepers lie on their back with both arms at their sides or on their chest. They tend to set very high standards for both themselves and others, and are often cool and quiet. Their lives can be extremely structured as they take organization seriously. Because soldiers sleep on their back, they may also be more prone to snoring.
Sleepers who lie on their stomach, often found hugging their pillow, are known as freefallers. Like the Tom Petty song, these sleepers can be free-spirited, confident, and brash. They are often extroverted and excitable, but bad at taking criticism. Supposedly, sleeping on one’s stomach is said to be beneficial to digestion.
Those who sleep on their sides with their arms stretched out in front of them are known as yearners or reachers. People who adopt this position are open-minded, inviting, and tend to weigh all options carefully before making a decision. However, once they make a decision, they probably won’t regret itor change their minds. Yearners can also be cynical and suspicious, but may experience less problems with acid reflux and sleep apnea than other sleepers.
If you sleep on your side with one hand resting under your chin, you might be a thinker (like the famous statue). Thinkers can be tough yet sensitive, with their emotional state always bouncing between the two. They may be adventurous one minute and shy the next. Thinkers are also often vulnerable to emotional hurts and upsets.
Stargazers are the people who fall asleep on their backs with their arms wrapped above or behind their head, as if gazing at the starry night above them. They tend to adopt a happy-go-lucky attitudeabout life and often make their friendships an important priority. Stargazers can be admirers of beauty, comfort, and freedom, but can be greedy with unrealistic expectations.
The heron, often associated more with kung fu than sleep, is a side or stomach sleeper who snoozes with one raised knee. Herons are said to be unpredictable and prone to rapid mood changes. They may find it difficult to make decisions. Herons are drawn to adventure. but thrive in stable and quiet environments.
Some people sleep on their backs, but not as sprawled as a starfish nor rigid as a soldier. These hybrids, known as soldier-starfishes, can have flexible attitudes and a go-with-the-flow approach to life. However, they can also come across as wishy-washy and are easily persuaded by others. They are also excellent candidates to be snorers.
If you sleep on your side with your knees up, but not quite in the fetal position, it’s known as the half-baby position. People who assume this position are reliable and dependable. They have an infectious sense of calm and often smile life, embracing change and whatever the future may hold.
Pillow hugging isn’t technically a sleep position (you can hug a pillow in any of these positions), but it can also give clues to your personality. People who sleep gripping their pillows may highly value their relationships with friends and family. They have a tendency to put others before themselves and run the risk of becoming people-pleasers.
While snoring isn’t a sleep position, it may reveal a bit of your personality. Snorers may be more passionate in their lives, embracing every moment and living it to the fullest. They tend to be affected more than normal by depression, hyperactivity or aggressive tendencies. Snorers may also experience extremes between the highs and lows of their feelings – keep that in mind the next time you’re about to scold someone for snoring.