It’s no secret that humans are creatures of habit—often repeating the same patterns of behavior that become second-nature over time—and apparently this applies to our favorite sleeping positions too. According to research conducted by Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, six common sleeping positions can reveal certain personality characteristics. Perhaps our subconscious body language exhibited during the day is carried into the night through our sleeping positions of choice?
Based on a scientific approach with a fairly large pool of 1,000 survey participants, Dr. Idzikowski’s study concluded that six typical sleeping positions can be tied to specific personality traits as outlined below:
- The Foetus or Thinker Position(41% popularity) is the most common among the sleeping positions, characterized by sleeping on your side in a curled up position. Your arms are curled on top of the pillow, or one arm may be under the pillow. Your hands can be placed various ways, but at least one hand is always placed near the chin.
- Personality: Foetus or Thinker Position sleepers are perceived to be tough on the outside but sensitive on the inside. They may be shy when they first meet someone but soon relax. More than twice as many women as men favor this position.
- Health Effects: When sleeping in this position, you should tuck a pillow between your legs to minimize the pressure on your back. This position may be helpful if you have osteoarthritis in the spine, spinal stenosis (a narrowing in the spine) or hip pain.
- The Log Position (15% popularity) is sleeping on your side with your back and legs straight and both arms down by your sides—“sleeping like a log,” so-to-speak.
- Personality: Log sleepers tend to be easy-going, social people who like to be part of the “in-crowd.” They are trusting of strangers and may be a little gullible.
- Health Effects: Sleeping on your side may cause your head and neck to be awkwardly positioned so it’s important to use a pillow that provides adequate head and neck support.
- The Yearner Position(13% popularity) is sleeping on your side with your head slightly off-center on the pillow with your arms outstretched along the pillow and your back straight and legs slightly bent.
- Personality: People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front of them are said to have an open nature but can be suspicious and cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they make a decision, they stick to it.
- Health Effects: Yearners may have trouble finding a good pillow because most pillows don’t provide enough even support for the head and neck.
- The Soldier Position (8% popularity) is sleeping flat on your back with your face to the ceiling and both arms pinned down at your sides or slightly out, and your legs straight.
- Personality: Soldiers are generally quiet and reserved. They don’t like a fuss but tend to set high standards for themselves and others.
- Health Effects: Soldiers need to have firm pillow support for the back of their head and neck. This position is more likely to lead to snoring and a poor night’s sleep.
- The Freefaller Position(7% popularity) is sleeping on your stomach with your hands wrapped around the pillow and your head turned to one side.
- Personality: Freefallers are often gregarious and brash people, but they can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath the surface. They don’t like criticism or extreme situations.
- Health Effects: It’s recommended that you do not sleep on your stomach since sleeping facedown can exaggerate the arch at the base of your spine and cause back strain. If you can’t sleep comfortably in any other position, you should put a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen to reduce any back strain. You can also use a pillow under your head if it doesn’t place too much strain on your back. Or, try sleeping without a pillow under your head. This position may be helpful if you have degenerative disease or a herniated disk in the center of your spine.
- The Starfish Position(5% popularity) is sleeping on your back with your arms and legs outstretched in a star formation.
- Personality: Starfish sleepers make good friends because they are good listeners and are always helpful. They generally don’t like to be the center of attention.
- Health Effects: This position can be bad for your back. It may be helpful to prop a fluffy pillow under your knees to maintain the normal curvature of your spine and reduce any pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Placing a rolled-up towel under your lower back may provide additional support as well as placing a pillow under your neck. This position may also lead to snoring and a poor night’s sleep.
How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Getting enough sleep is not only required to help you maintain your productivity and focus during the day, but it is critical for your overall health. A lack of sleep has been proven to be a risk factor for a number of health problems such as a weakened immune system, obesity, and diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.
The good news is that you can prevent many of these problems by making sleep a priority in your life and getting enough to maintain your optimal health. As a general guideline, experts recommend that adults get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, although the sleep requirements for each individual can vary. The key is to know what works best for you and not to get too much or too little sleep.
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When it comes to sleeping positions, it doesn’t matter which one you choose as long as you get enough restful, restorative sleep each night to maintain optimal health and productivity.