There are plenty of us who, no matter how hard we try, always end up in the same sleeping position
every night. That may not always be a bad thing if you subconsciously adopt a comfortable sleeping position but if you wake up in the morning feeling stiff and sore, it might be that you are one of those who adopt the starfish or log position, or any number of other recognised postures.
Here is a look at what your sleeping position might be doing for your body and also what it might be
saying about your personality. There are revealing insights into what we are really like that you can tell just by someones sleeping position.
The body language of sleep
The science behind our body language is revealing in any number of social situations and even when you go to bed and fall asleep, you could be revealing all sorts of interesting insights into whether you are stressed, like to be in control, or all sorts of different personality traits.
Your number one priority will always be to adopt the best sleep position in order to get a restful night and wake up feeling refreshed but when you shut your eyes and drift away, your body can assume command and put you into what might be your default sleeping position.
A large percentage of us tend to adopt the fetal position, which when you are curled up on one side with your knees tucked in. This is a sleeping position heavily favoured by people who tend to worry and by adopting this maternal position it is a way of finding comfort after what might have been a stressful day.
Slept like a log
A regular phrase trotted out when asked how good your sleep was would be to say that you “slept like a log”, but that can also have a literal translation too when it comes to sleeping positions.
“The log” is a very popular sleeping position, involving keeping your body as straight as possible like a log with your arms down the side of your body as well. This is a position adopted by about a third of us each night, but what does it also say about your personality?
It is common to find people who sleep in the log position are inflexible and quite rigid in their thought process, in other words, a bit stubborn and prone to being a bit controlling of others.
Are you a “yearner”? Another popular sleeping position is where you sleep with your arms stretched out in front which can appear like you are being chased or the person doing the chasing.
If this is your sleeping pose you are classed as a “yearner”. Yearners are perceived as wanting more from life and the pose is symbolic of trying to go out there and grabs life’s opportunities with both hands.
If you are a yearner you can also often be your harshest critic and might even get give up ideas quickly when they don’t seem to be working out.
One of the most uncomfortable sleeping positions
The bad news if you are classified as a “freefaller” is that this is regularly classified as one of the worst sleeping positions for adults that you can adopt and will often wake up feeling like you have not had a good sleep.
The classic trait of a so-called freefaller is to clutch their pillow and look like they are holding on for dear life if you are watching someone strike this position. If you are one of these people, the percentage odds are higher that you will wake up feeling anxious and feel like you have unresolved issues still hanging around from the previous day.
You will soon know if you have climbed into bed with someone who is classed as a “starfish” sleeper.
The clue is in the name and people who adopt the starfish position often spread themselves out across both sides of the bed, which can be comfortable for them and aids their chances of a restful sleep, but not so good if you are sharing that bed, especially if you are someone who likes their space.
Revealing our personality traits through our sleeping position is an interesting science but probably the most important thing as far as you are concerned is to get the possible night’s sleep.
It would seem like a good idea to get a mattress comfortable enough and a bed big enough to achieve that aim, especially if you are sleeping with a starfish.
In association with Demi Harrison who has learned a lot about sleep over the years, doing her own research to help ease her problems with sleeping. You can find her informative articles on a range of health and lifestyle blogs.
How do you sleep? What does your sleeping position say about you?