The Way We Sleep
The position we sleep in might be thought to be indicative of the mood we are in, and the outside factors affecting our lives at that time. However, one sleep researcher says that our body position in bed could say something about who we are, not just what is happening in our lives.
Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, says that a study of 1000 Brits revealed that the six most common sleeping positions are indicative of personality types.
Idzikowski says it comes down to body language.
“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,” Idzikowski said. “What’s interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect.”
- Fetus position - 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.
- Yearner position - A close third is the side-lying position with both arms out in front of the body. 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 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, are named freefallers. They 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 are good listeners, helpful, and are uncomfortable being the centre of attention. People who sleep in starfish position are more likely to snore and to suffer from a poor night's sleep more often.
Reading this, you may think that you often move through most of these positions of sleep throughout the night, but apparently this is very uncommon. Idzikowski said the research reveals most people stay in the same position all night and only 5% lay differently night by night. Also interesting is that the study showed only one in ten people cover their bodies entirely with a blanket, with most people exposing an arm, leg, or both feet. And only one in ten people cover themselves entirely with a duvet.