(AscendHealthy.com) – Remember the first time you slept with another person or shared a bedroom? At some point, you may have looked over and wondered, “How can they sleep in that weird position?”
Or, perhaps you’ve woken up to find yourself in an unusual pose in your bed. Keep reading to learn what your sleep position says about your personality, including your bedtime posture sleeping with a partner.
What Does Your Sleep Position Reveal?
A good night’s sleep may help us function better physically and mentally. But while a host of research exists to help us battle insomnia, there isn’t as much awareness of what our sleep position might reveal about our personalities.
To fill that gap, experts have pulled back the covers to analyze our sleep positions:
- Fetal position: Women sleep in the fetal position more than men. Almost half of all Americans sleep in this position, which involves curling up with our knees bent to our chest.Personality Insights: Fetal position sleepers may be introverts or shy. Sleeping like a baby also reveals that we are sensitive.
- Free-faller position: Sometimes called the prone position, those of us who are free-fallers sleep on our stomachs. We have our hands raised by our pillows, with our heads turned to one side. Millennials and Generation X may prefer this position.Personality Insights: Not a fan of criticism, free-fallers may be self-assertive, tend to have strong personalities and speak their minds.
- Log position: Some of us sleep like a “log.” Loggers sleep lying on their sides, with their arms at their sides.Personality Insights: Those of us who like to sleep like a log tend to trust strangers. We’re social and relaxed.
- Yearning position: Similar to the log, the yearning position involves sleeping on your side but with your arms extended as if longing for someone else.Personality Insights: If we prefer the yearning sleep position, we are open-minded. We may take time to make a decision, but once we’ve achieved it, we tend to stick with it.
- Soldier position: More than 62 percent of us fall asleep in the soldier position, lying on our backs with our arms by our sides.Personality Insights: Those of us who sleep in the soldier position have high standards for ourselves and others. We tend to be subdued.
- Starfish position: More common among men than women, the starfish position involves lying on our back with our arms up by our pillows.Personality Insights: If you like the starfish position, you are generous. Your selfless personality makes you happy to help others or just listen to them.
What Your Sleeping Position As A Couple Reveals
Our sleeping positions with partners may also offer insights into our relationships. Whether we sleep like spoons or spend the night in the “liberty lovers” posture, experts have come up with some intriguing revelations about couples’ sleeping positions:
- Spoon position: Couples who sleep like spoons typically involve one individual hugging the other, with both on their sides.Relationship Insights: Couples who spoon may seek comfort, with the person who cocoons the other feeling protective.
- Liberty lovers position: Couples who sleep back to back with some space in between them are known as ”liberty lovers.”Relationship Insights: If you and your partner qualify as liberty lovers, your relationship may involve some independence while you still stay connected.
- Cradle position: The cradle position involves one person resting the head on the other’s chest. This position is sometimes called the “nuzzle” posture, with arms and legs hugging.Relationship Insights: Couples who prefer the cradle posture tend to be both passionate and protective.
- Tetherball position: This bedtime pose offers contact while accommodating different positions. One partner sleeps on their back with a hand on their partner’s hip. The second partner is curled up like a ball.Relationship Insights: Tetherball sleepers may appreciate intimacy. One survey showed that nearly 95 percent of partners who touched in their sleep enjoyed happy relationships.
While we may find these revelations about our sleep position interesting, it’s important to remember that our bedtime posture may be based on many different factors. Everything from a dog or cat sleeping with us to an old mattress with hills and valleys may affect our sleep position.
Ultimately, we may want to focus on finding a sleep position that helps us feel alert and well-rested the next day. And if you’re a “yearner” yearning for a good night’s sleep, consider talking with a sleep expert for professional help.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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