What Your Sleeping Position Says About You

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Did you know that how you sleep explains a lot about you? Research suggests that the position that we sleep in, as well as how long we tend to sleep, can provide us with interesting clues about our personalities and physical and mental status.

According to the research, in which 1,000 people were surveyed on the position that they slept in, 41% of people slept in the fetal position. Sleep specialist Chris Idzikowski, PhD, a director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service in London, found that twice as many women as men tend to adopt to fetal position, also noting that a person who sleeps this way is often tough on the outside and soft on the inside. Curious about what your sleep position reveals about your personality? Read on.

The fetal position

With this being one of the most popular sleeping positions, it’s important to note that sleeping in the fetal position can cause stress to your vital organs, including your liver and stomach. Some fetal sleepers also tend to pull their knees high with their chins tucked to their chest, which can not only cause back or joint pain, but can also restrict breathing.

Since this is the most popular position, it’s important to note that sleeping in this “lower power” position can also explain why you might feel angsty or vulnerable in the mornings. “If you wake up in a fetal position, you’re waking up on the wrong side of the bed,” said Amy J.C. Cuddy, assistant professor at Harvard Business School and TED speaker to Business Insider.

On your back, arms at your sides

This is also known as the soldier position. Sleeping on your back with your arms at your sides is considered to be one of the best sleeping positions for spine health and is also good for your neck, allowing them both to maintain a neutral position. This sleeping position is assumed by sleepers that tend to be quiet and reserved. Additionally, back sleepers tends to be snorers, as lying on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back of throat, causing a vibrating noise and difficulty breathing. This is a great position to sleep in if you have acid reflux. Just make sure your head is elevated to keep stomach acid below your esophagus, so food can’t come up.

 Also, from a beauty perspective, this position is thought to be best because there is nothing pushing against your face that causes fine lines and wrinkles.

On your back, both arms up

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People who sleep on their backs, or the starfish position, with both arms up are said to be great listeners and very loyal friends — often making their friends a huge priority in their lives. They love hearing others’ problems, and go out their way to help when they can. Those who assume this position also have a higher chance of snoring.

On your stomach

Those who sleep on their stomach, also referred to as the freefaller positon, tend to wrap their arms around their pillows with their heads turned to one side. The research has shown that people who sleep on their stomach are more likely to be sociable, but thin skinned when it comes to dealing with criticism, according to Littlethings.com. Lying face down, however, is good for digestion and eases snoring, but it can put pressure on your joints and muscles, as it’s difficult to maintain a neutral spine position sleeping this way.

On your side with both arms in front

People who sleep in this position are best described as suspicious of new things and people, yet are open, steadfast, analytical, and cynical, according to Minq.com. This position is also great in alleviating problems associated with acid reflux, tends to reduce the likelihood of snoring, and keeps your spine elongated. Unfortunately, this one can also cause wrinkles, as one side is mushed into the pillow.

On your side with both arms down on your side

Sleepers who keep their arms down while on their side, or in the log position, are said to be social, easy-going, and trusting, sometimes to a fault, which sometimes leave them very gullible, according to Minq.com. This particular position helps to keep your spine aligned, and is an especially great option for those who suffer from back pain.

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