We all have our favorite sleeping positions, and many of us have preferred to sleep like this ever since we were born. According to studies by sleep scientists and psychologists, the position in which you sleep can reveal startling, exclusive insights into your character and personality as an individual.
In fact, since it is something that we do subconsciously, your sleeping position is an honest reflection of who you really are and what you find comfortable. If you want to get an accurate insight into someone’s true character or personality, just try to get a glimpse of the way they sleep. It can help you understand what they are actually really like beyond the image they portray to the world.
In a study of 1,000 adults, professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, analysed six common sleeping positions – and found that each is linked to a particular personality type. The results were found to be consistent with a 2017 survey of 5,000 completed by mattress manufacturers, Sealy.
On the basis of these insightful studies, here’s what your favorite sleeping position reveals about you.
The Fetal Position
In the fetal position, you’re curled up on your side, your back is curved, your knees are tucked in and your torso is hunched. 41% of the sleeping participants slept in this position, and double the amount of women slept in the fetal position compared to men.
People who sleep in this position tend to be people who like to be in control of their lives all of the time. They tend to have a tough exterior, but are soft on the inside. They are conscientious, well organized and prefer things to be in order. They are also more likely to be sensitive, withdrawn and shy, and can over-think a problem and worry unnecessarily.
The Log Position
The log position is favored by nearly three in every ten people. In this position, sleepers tend to sleep on the side with arms straight down their side like a log. This position is considered the favorite of very sociable people who are easy-going, popular and love to engage with different people. However, although they like conversing with all kinds of people, they definitely prefer mixing with an A-list crowd. They are also very trusting, which can sometimes make them appear a little gullible.
Loggers are quite inflexible and rigid in the way that they think. They are set in their ways, like things done their way and often come across as bossy and stubborn. They like rules and aren’t afraid to take control in any situation they find themselves.
The Yearner Position
In the yearner position which is a common sleeping position for many people, you sleep with your arms stretched out in front of you as if you’re reaching for something. People who choose this position to sleep can be their own worst critics and tend to have complex personalities. On one hand they can be open-minded, but on the other hand, they are suspicious of other people and are often very cynical. They can find it difficult to make decisions because they are naturally suspicious, but have a firm resolve whenever they do come to a decision about something. They expect great results in everything they do, and give up quickly when things don’t go their way.
The Soldier Position
The soldier position is characterized by people who sleep on their backs with their arms straight down their side. People who sleep in this position tend to take themselves very seriously, and are self-driven, quiet, reserved and very structured. They are the strong, silent type, and tend to put on a strong, confident front for the world even when they’re not really feeling that way. They are generally reserved, and have high expectations of themselves and other people around them.
The Starfish Position
In this position, you’re lying on your back spread-eagled, comfortable and carefree. People who prefer this unconventional style are very loyal friends, and make their friends a huge priority in their lives. They make good friends because they are always ready to listen to the problems of others, and go out their way to help when they can. They are always eager to lend an ear or give a helping hand to their friends in need. Perhaps surprisingly, they don’t necessarily like being the center of attention, but don’t mind if they find themselves there from time to time.
The Freefaller Position
Sleepers in the freefaller position lie on their stomach with their faces buried into their pillows. Physically, it is the least comfortable posture to sleep for most people. On the outside, freefallers often give off the impression that they are confident extroverts. However, this enthusiastic exterior can hide the fact that they take criticism very seriously, and are prone to nervousness. They lack control of what happens around them and are easily excited.