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By John Broetje | Blog, Sleep | Dec 21, 2022
Have you ever stopped to think about what your sleep position says about your personality? Believe it or not, research shows that our sleep positions can reveal a lot about who we are and how we think. In fact, experts say that up to 55% of non-verbal communication – or the signals we send to others through our body language – can be gleaned from our sleep positions.
So, what can your favorite sleep position reveal about your personality? Here are some of the most common sleep positions and what they might say about you:
Below are some of the most common sleep positions. See if you can find yours and learn what your sleep style says about you!
THE LITTLE BALL – This position involves curling up on your side in a fetal position, with your knees tucked into your chest and your elbows bent and close to your body. This position is the most common and is favored by more women than men. According to BetterSleep.org, people who sleep in this position tend to have higher levels of education.
If this is your go-to sleep position, you may be a sensitive and caring person who values feeling safe and protected. You may be a bit shy, but once you warm up to people and feel comfortable in a group, you can be quite sociable. You also tend to be a pro at napping.
THE CRAVER – If you sleep on your side with your arms out in front, as if you’re reaching for something, you might be a craver. This position suggests that you’re a thoughtful and careful person who takes your time to make decisions. Once you’ve made up your mind, however, you stick to it. Your caution can sometimes lead to a cynical or suspicious attitude, but you do try to be open-minded.
THE FLAGPOLE – If you lie on your side with your arms by your side, close to your body, you might be a flagpole sleeper. This position indicates that you’re a social person who enjoys being around others. You’re friendly and popular, and tend to trust people, even strangers. Just be sure to keep your eyes open, as your trusting nature can sometimes lead to being taken advantage of.
THE PILLAR – If you’re most comfortable sleeping flat on your back with your arms by your side, you might be a pillar sleeper. This position suggests that you’re a reserved and quiet person who is constantly thinking. You hold yourself – and others – to high standards, but don’t make a fuss when things don’t go your way. You might benefit from relaxing a bit and taking naps now and then.
THE CRAZY CRUNCHER – If you’re happiest sleeping on your stomach, with your head turned to the side and your legs splayed in any direction, your arms wrapped around your pillow, you’re a crazy cruncher. This position suggests that you’re a sociable person who enjoys speaking your mind, but you may still be searching for your comfort zone and are sensitive to criticism. You tend to like being in control, but often feel like you’re not. Stomach sleepers also tend to be heavier drinkers and may sometimes wake up feeling anxious.
THE SNOW ANGEL – If you sleep in a spread-out position, with your arms and legs extended, you’re a snow angel sleeper. This position suggests that you’re a confident and open person who is comfortable taking up space. You’re also likely to be a deep sleeper and may have trouble waking up in the morning.
THE SUNBATHER – If you sleep flat on your back with your arms splayed above your head or clasped under your head, you’re a sunbather. This position suggests that you’re a laid-back and go-with-the-flow kind of person who values relaxation. You’re also likely to be a happy-go-lucky person who enjoys making others happy. Be sure to check your bedtime habits to ensure you’re getting the best possible sleep.
THE CUDDLER – If you like to snuggle up with a stuffed animal, pet, partner, or pillow, you’re a cuddler. This position suggests that you value close relationships and enjoy feeling cozy. You’re also likely to be a touchy-feely person who values intimacy. Consider having a bedtime snack, like a piece of fruit or a small serving of protein, to help you sleep better.
It’s important to keep in mind that these interpretations are based on research and generalizations, and everyone is unique. Your sleep position may change over time or depending on your environment or mood. It’s also worth noting that the comfort and quality of your sleep are more important than your sleep position.
If you’re not happy with your sleep position or you’re having trouble getting a good night’s rest, there are things you can do to improve your sleep. Here are a few tips:
By implementing these tips and finding the sleep position that works best for you, you can improve your sleep quality and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. So the next time you’re wondering what your sleep position says about your personality, remember that it’s just one aspect of who you are. But by paying attention to your sleep position and making small changes to improve your sleep, you can set yourself up for a better night’s rest and a more productive day.
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