(Disclamer* don't know if this thread has been done)
Ok so I think this is an interesting article and although I was going to write it off as one of their stupid "we know" articles (like their sucky dating advice) but I think their is some truth behind it. So what's your sleeping position ??
These days, the way that I sleep simply says, "I am happy to be single and spending five
to seven hours sprawled out in the center of my bed
At other points, my tightly squeezed eyes and curled-up body would
have screamed, "I know the baby will wake up/someone will
start snoring/the alarm will begin blaring as soon as I finally,
finally, finally get to sleep."
Years and years ago, the corpse-looking college student still in
her clothes would have mumbled something like, "Finals. Boys.
Our lives, the amount of sleep we get, and how well we actually
rest during those nighttime hours may change drastically over time.
However, one sleep researcher says that our body position in bed
could say something about who we are, not just what else is
happening in our lives.
Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and
Advisory Service, says that a
study of 1,000
Brits revealed that the six most common sleeping p...
If this sounds ridiculous (and honestly, I'd love to see
information on this study and the analysis fleshed out further than
any of the reports I could find), consider that 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."
The research also links certain sleeping positions with health risks. Some aid digestion while others spur on snoring and
Here are the six common sleeping positions and correlated personality traits and health implications, according to this
[graphic via BBC.com]
- Fetus position - A whopping 41% of participants sleep in this curled-up manner. 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. The study
showed 15% of people sleep like a log.
- Yearner position - A close third is the side-lying position with both arms out in front of the body, with
13% of partipants sleeping like this. 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 8% 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
- Freefall position - Those people who lie on their bellies with arms under or wrapped around a pillow with head
turned to the side, make up 7% of the population studied.
Freefallers are brash, outgoing, and are very uncomfortable with
- Starfish position - Sleepers who lie on their backs with arms up near their head or the pillow account for 5% of
participants. These people are good listeners, helpful, and are
uncomfortable being the center of attention. People who sleep in
starfish position are more likely to snore and to suffer from a
poor night's sleep more often.
If you think you are one of those people who move through all of
these positions, that's not likely to really be the case.
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.
Let's see how the Shine readers are resting these
days. No need to get yourself to a sleep lab or set up the video
cam to run all night. We'll take your word for it on our own
not-so-scientific but still fascinating research.
What position do you sleep in? Use the poll to tell us and the
comments to reveal whether the personality traits linked to the way
you sleep are right on or really off.