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Sleeping positions are said to reveal the secrets of our personality, representing the physical manifestations of our innermost feelings at the point where we’re most unguarded and natural. Whether or not they do really have any connection to our personality, sleeping positions certainly do have links to different elements of our health and wellbeing, and are a fascinating aspect of sleep that can be fun and illuminating to take a look at.
While there are many different variations of sleeping positions, the main ones can be narrowed down to six basic poses:
The "Free-Faller" - lying on your front with your head tilted to one side and hands up - is said to be a sign of someone who is outwardly extrovert and loud, but thin-skinned and self-conscious inside.
The "Foetal Position" - curled up on your side, like a baby - is the preferred position of those who are tough on the outside and sensitive on the inside. Physically it looks to recreate the comfort, warmth and security of being in the womb.
The "Log" - lying straight and rigid on your side - can be a sign of someone who is sociable and friendly.
The "Soldier" - lying on your back with arms down at your sides - is believed to be the sleeping position of introverted and naturally-quiet people.
The "Yearner" - lying on your side with arms stretched out in front - represents a deep-thinking personality, and someone who is prone to being suspicious and cynical.
The "Starfish" - lying on your back with arms up and legs spread - personality traits include good listing qualities and a helpful nature.
The Yearner and the Foetal Position are thought to be the most popular sleeping positions, but it is common for most people to change position several times during the night.
Personality indicators and body language aside, back pain, neck strain, muscular stress and even snoring are some of the very real health issues that are directly associated with sleep positions. While the Soldier may provide relief for people suffering from back pain, it isn’t such a good position for anyone with sleep apnoea or snoring problems. Similarly, the Log can be an uncomfortable position for those with neck strain. However, by taking the time to select a mattress and pillow that is correctly suited to your sleep needs, along with creating a bedroom environment that’s conducive to relaxation, you’ll be able to find a sleeping position that’s right for you.
Don’t worry too much if your preferred sleep position reveals a supposed character trait that you aren't keen on - it's not exactly a scientific certainty! The most important aspect of your typical sleep position is that you're comfortable enough to fall into a deep sleep and you're not exacerbating any medical issues that you might have.