Did you know the position in which you sleep could reveal your personality? According to a body language expert, your sleep position may be more insightful than your think. Your sleep position reveals traits about your personality, such as bossiness, stubbornness, being self-critical, and whether people feel they are in control of their life.
A study of 1,000 sleepers, conducted by Premier Inns found that there are basically 4 types of sleepers. The 4 types of sleepers are the fetal position, the log sleeper, the yearner position and the free-faller position. Below is a description of each position and the personality each represents:
The Fetal Position - The most popular of sleep positions is one. If you curl up on your side into somewhat of a ball, then you are in the majority. Over half of the participants in the study got into this position as soon as they got into bed.
The typical behavior pattern of a person sleeping in this pattern is someone who is seeking comfort and is a constant worrier. During their waking hours they are very meticulous, most likely overthinking their tasks and daily lives in general.
The Log Position - Nearly 30 percent of the participants in the study slept like a "log", which is a vertical position having arms at the sides. The personality of a person who favors this sleep position tends to be someone who is rigid in his or her daily lives. They are usually stubborn and "set in their ways." To other people they sometimes seem bossy and aloof.
A person who typically sleeps in this person often finds him or herself stiffer and in more pain than before they went to bed. Since their muscles are more taut while they are sleeping their muscles may not be getting the proper rest. They are typically trying to find time during their waking hours on how to relax.
The Yearner - This is the position that nearly 25 percent of the participants preferred. If you sleep on your side with your arms outstretched in front of you then you are sleeping in the yearner position. The yearners are those who wake up in the morning with enthusiasm to start their day and chase their dreams.
The study found that although this group of sleepers went after their dreams, they did not have any real focus and tended to be chronic time wasters. Also, some yearners are not chasing their dreams, but have the feeling they are being chased.
The Free-fall Position - If you sleep face down on your stomach, with arms and legs outstretched in a free-fall position, it may mean that you are seeking control of time and space in a way that you do not feel you have in your waking hours. This position had the least amount of participants at only 17 percent. These sleepers tend to get the least amount of rest during their nighttime sleep.
A couple of other positions that were mentioned were those who sleep on their back in a starfish position with arms and legs outstretched may be more open, and make better friends than the logs. Also the the soldier sleeper, who is also a back sleeper tends to be more quiet and reserved, and sets high standards for himself and others.
Since the soldier and the starfish both sleep on their backs, they tend to snore and have other breathing issues throughout the night.
Other findings based on this study were that people who sleep on the left side of the mattress have a brighter outlook on life. They tend to be able to handle daily stresses of life and work better than those who sleep on the right side.
You cannot base these findings on all sleepers who sleep in these positions since not all sleepers are alike. All of the sleepers did tend to change positions throughout the night. This is a fun study to see if your sleep position is in alignment with the findings!