Have you ever wondered what your sleeping position might say about you? If it could mean anything at all about your personality? Because getting enough rest is so important to our health, we all like to sleep in the positions we feel most comfortable in. But did you know that your sleeping position can actually reveal a lot about who you are?
The way we fall asleep at night conveys what is most comfortable for us. And because we do it unconsciously, it can be seen as an honest expression of our innermost selves. Curious? Here are six of the most common sleeping positions and what sleeping experts say your style says about you:
1. Fetal Position
First and foremost is “the baby” or the “fetal position”, which is where a person sleeps curled on their side with their knees brought up close to their stomach or chest. According to a survey done by sleep specialist Chris Idzikowski (2003), this was found to be by far the most popular sleeping position, with over 41% of people saying it was their preferred way of sleeping. And because sleeping in this position gives us a certain sense of safety and comfort, it’s believed that those who adopt this sleeping position tend to be shy, sensitive, and introverted. Calm and reliable, people like this yearn to be protected, understood, and sympathized with. And though they may have a tough exterior, deep down inside they are some of the kindest, most gentle, and most soft-hearted people you will ever meet.
2. On your stomach
Also called the “skydiver position”, sleeping on your stomach with your head to one side and your arms wrapped around a pillow often conveys an open and playful personality. Experts believe that people who like to sleep in this position tend to be fun-loving, brash, and straightforward. They like to take risks but also have a strong need for control. Free-spirited and adventurous, they’re also bold and sociable, but sensitive to criticism.
3. On your back
Next is the “sleepy soldier”, which means sleeping flat on your back with your arms at your side as if standing at attention. Those who like to sleep in this position are said to have strong, silent personalities. They tend to be disciplined, hardworking, and self-motivated people who enjoy structure and take themselves very seriously. Many of them are also perfectionists and overachievers with incredibly high expectations for both themselves and those around them.
4. On your side
When someone sleeps on their side, usually with their legs straight and their arms beneath their pillow, it means that they are sociable and easy-going. Also known as “the log”, this was found to be the second most popular position for any sleeper – and it’s not hard to see why! Comfortable and relaxed, people who like to sleep like this can be very talkative, charming, and friendly. Most of them tend to be trusting and warm, but also a bit gullible and naive.
5. Shooting Star
Sleeping on your back with your legs stretched out and your arms above your head is known as the “shooting star” or “starfish position.” A unique and unconventional sleeping position, people who like to sleep like this are shown to be very amiable, mild-mannered, and easy to get along with because of how trusting and open they are. They have no problem letting their guard down around others and have great communication skills that make them all the more likeable. They are loyal and supportive friends who go out of their way to help the people they care about, which doesn’t come as a surprise when you consider how their particular sleeping position makes it look like they are always reaching their arms out in a welcoming hug.
6. With your leg raised
Last but certainly not the least, if you tend to fall asleep with one of your legs raised, it may mean that you have an unpredictable and adventurous personality. People who like this sleeping position are often spontaneous, emotional, and temperamental. They are drawn to excitement and may be moody or indecisive at times. Those who sleep with their leg raised also tend to be driven, competitive, and very charismatic. They are natural-born leaders who enjoy being the center of attention and care deeply for their loved ones.
So, do you agree with any of the points we’ve mentioned here? What does your sleeping position say about you? While there may not be a lot of rigorous research about the meaning behind our sleeping positions, experts agree that it gives us a very valuable glimpse into certain facets of our personality we may not even realize.
- Idzikowski, C. (16 September 2003). “Sleep Position Gives Personality Clue.” BBC News. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3112170.stm
- Nectar Sleep (1 September 2020). Retrieved from https://www.nectarsleep.com/p/sleep-positions/
- Lauren Kahn (19 March 2020). Reader’s Digest. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/list/sleep-position-personality/
- Bright Side (1 September 2020). Retrieved from https://brightside.me/article/what-your-sleeping-position-reveals-about-your-personality-17255/