What Your Sleeping Position Says About You

Feb 07, 2016 | by Valentina Vojkovic

This is the remix to positions…

We all have that friend or family member that is IMPOSSIBLE to sleep with. Somehow you’ve been cornered into a midnight MMA fight sharing your bed, whether you’re kindly harboring a friend after tequila Tuesday or you’re stuck in a full house sleeping with your sister in a twin bed post-Thanksgiving, we are all well aware of our sleep adversaries, the people whose positions are just not compatible with our own. While many of us know exactly what position is going to get us in the mood to snooze, few are aware that sleeping positions are closely tied to particular personality traits. Check out our list of the six most common positions and their corresponding characteristics below. It could help you easily identify the next bedtime bandit! 

SleepPosition_Fetus

THE FETUS

The most common position, the fetus sleeper curls up in bed AND in social settings. They are characterized as shy, introverted, sensitive, easily stressed and quiet, but hide it behind a tough exterior.

Health Tip: Experts recommend sleeping on your right side instead of your left to avoid causing stress to your liver, stomach and lungs. Alternating sides can also help prevent organ strain.

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THE LOG

Despite the position’s demure appearance, log sleepers are social, easy to get along with and extremely trusting/credulous. They will most likely believe you when you tell them the word gullible has been removed from the dictionary. 

Health TipThis position keeps the spine straight which can aid those dealing with back pain.

SleepPosition_Log

THE SOLDIER

Soldiers are quiet, keep to themselves and don’t like to fuss or make a big deal out of things. They also have high standards for themselves and for others.

Health TipEven though this position has promotes spine alignment, sleeping on your back obstructs breathing so you may want to rethink this as your preferred position if you’re getting snoring complaints.

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THE FREEFALL

One of the less popular positions, this stomach sleeper usually lies on their belly with their arms near their head, suggestive of their tendency to overthink. Although they are generally free-spirited social butterflies, they are overly sensitive to criticism and can be stubborn.

Health Tip: This position forces the sleeper to turn their face to the side which can cause the spine to turn, leading to potential neck pain. You can alleviate the stress on your neck by sleeping with a thin pillow or no pillow.

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THE YEARNER

Yearners also sleep on their side but with their arms out. They welcome new things while simultaneously remaining suspicious and cynical. They are also indecisive, constantly weighing opposing sides of a situation or decision.

Health Tip: To further alleviate hip and back discomfort, consider placing a pillow between your legs.

SleepPosition_Starfish

THE STARFISH

Starfish sleepers make terrific friends. They are helpful, great listeners and generally stay out of the spotlight.

Health Tip: Like the soldier, starfish sleepers are more likely to snore and suffer from breathing issues while they sleep. Back sleeping is ideal for preventing back pain and minimizes facial wrinkles.