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Sleeping position may indicate personality

Margaret Jack  By Margaret Jack   |   Posted in Sleep Research   |   Last updated: Wednesday 24th October 2012

A UK body language expert claims that sleeping position can reveal a number of indicators of personality. Robert Phipps determined that there are four basic sleep positions that most people commonly adopt – the foetal (curled up like a baby), the log (straight arms and legs, on back), the freefaller (face-down, arms and legs spread) and the yearner (arms stretched out), each indicating a different set of personality traits.

The foetal was found in Phipps survey to be the most common position, with almost 58% of respondents saying that was their favourite way to curl up in bed. According to Phipps, the foetal shows a tendency to worry, with the ball shape underlining a need for comfort and protection.

The log and yearner were similarly popular, with 28% and 25% respectively, supposedly indicating a stubbornness (log) and self-critical personality (yearner).

Freefallers made up just 17% of the total, with people who sleep in this shape being said to feel like they don’t have control over their lives.

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