Most common sleeping positions and what they say about you

We all know of the health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. However, sometimes the way in which we sleep can affect our bodies and whether you believe it or not, according to sleep experts, it can tell us a bit about our personality traits too.

Be aware of your sleeping position; it’s important to know whether you are a side sleeper or prefer to lay flat on your back, whether you favour a foetal position or are a stomach snoozer. Your sleep position can greatly affect the type of mattress that you need to buy in order to get the best possible quality sleep. If you are looking to purchase a new mattress anytime soon, then check out our online guide to help you choose the best mattress, according to your sleep habits.

Common sleeping positions

In the meantime, take a look at the below most common sleeping positions, as researched by The Sleep Council, with fun insights into what they could say about you:

Foetal Position

The foetal position is one of the most popular sleeping positions and according to The Sleep Council, 41% of the UK population adopt this pose to snooze each night. The sleeper rests on their side with their legs bent and curled up towards their body and their hands tucked up close towards their face – a representation of the position that a baby adopts when inside its mother’s womb. The foetal position is recommended for pregnant women and also those suffering from back or hip pains, as it relieves pressure on the joints.

Perhaps due to the associations with babies, these sleepers are said to have a shy and sensitive exterior, but possess a warmth, which comes out quickly once you get to know them.

The Side Sleeper

Sleeping on your side is the recommended position by experts in order to get the most comfortable night’s sleep with minimal likelihood of interruption. Ever heard of the saying ‘sleeping like a log’? Well if you sleep with your hands down by your sides and your legs straight out instead of bent then you are said to be adopting a ‘log’ style sleeping position.

Side sleepers

Experts say that ‘log’ sleepers are sociable and easy-going people, who are also very trusting, sometimes to the point of being gullible.

Flat on Your Back

According to The Sleep Council’s research, only 8% of people prefer to sleep on their backs. If you are one of these people, then be aware that it could actually cause lower back pain and affect the quality of the sleep that you are getting each night. As well as making you more likely to snore during your sleep.

Back sleeping position

Most people who sleep on their back tend to keep their arms straight by their sides and their legs straight down towards the bottom of the bed, often referred to as a ‘soldier’ sleeping position. However, if you like to have your hands above your head or close to your pillow, then you are known as a ‘starfish’ sleeper.

Starfish sleepers are supposedly good listeners and extremely helpful, and don’t like being the centre of attention.

The Stomach Sleeper

Despite 7% of the population finding this position the most comfortable, sleeping face down on the stomach is one of the least popular types of sleep position. It is not recommended by sleeping experts as it is proven to cause stress to your lower back, and neck too, as the majority of stomach sleepers turn their heads to the side, putting strain on the neck muscles.

Stomach sleepers are said to be extrovert, brash and outgoing, as well as being very uncomfortable with criticism.

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