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Sleep Positions Can Point to Personality Traits

Jonathan Warren

27.07.2010

Sleep Well

Jonathan Warren
We were aware that people slept in lots of different positions-on their stomach, back etc-but we didn’t know sleep positions could tell you about anyone’s personality. Apparently the position you prefer to sleep in can give clues to the type of person you are...and no we don’t just mean a snorer! Scientists believe that certain sleeping positions can be linked to particular types of personality. Professor Chris Idzikowski the Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre (which is a leader in the provision of diagnostic and treatment services for people with Sleep Disorders in the UK) analysed six common sleeping positions and found that each one could be linked to a specific personality type. The most common sleeping position in the survey of 1000 people was the Foetus position which 41% of respondents assumed. Twice as many women as men adopt this sleeping position. These people tended to project a tough outer persona, but were sensitive at heart. They were also rather shy when in company. Other positions evaluated included- Starfish Sleeping on your back with both arms up around the pillow. The people who sleep in this position by and large make good friends. They were good listeners and were willing to offer help when needed. Unfortunately they also tended to snore rather loudly and were prone to restless nights. Log Lay on their sides with both arms by the side. These people are easy going very social and ready to trust people. They can also tend be naive and gullible. Soldier This position sees the sleeper lying on their back with both arms down by their sides. They usually have a quite personality don’t like a fuss and can appear distant. They have high standards and expect them too. The Yearner Sleeps on their side with arms stretched out in front. They can be rather cynical at times but have quite an open and frank disposition. They can also be slow to make decisions, but once they have made up their mind will not change it. Freefall This sleeping position is where you lie on your front with arms wrapped around the pillow. People who adopt this position can appear to be outgoing, quite loud and self–confident. They can be quite sensitive underneath and can be easily upset if criticised. Maybe this is another type of body language that we use even when sleeping? What do you think?

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Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

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