Friday, October 26, 2012

What Sleep Positions Say About You

A new study is out revealing your sleep habits analyzing what your sleep positions say about you. According to a body language expert sleep positions can determine how stressed you are and make known such traits as stubbornness, bossiness, self-criticism and whether they feel they are in control of their life. The study of 1,000 sleepers, performed by Premier Inns, states that there are basically four types of sleep positions; the fetal, the log, the yearner and the freefallers.

The Fetal Position If you sleep on your side with your knees up curled into the fetal position you are among sleepers that are looking for comfort because they are often constant worriers. These people tend to over analysis what happened during the day and fret over their tasks…what if I did this, did I forget to do that, etc. Over half of the people in the study fell into this position when they hit the sheets.

The Log Position when you sleep on your side in a straight line with your arms at your side. 30% of the people in the study slept in the Log Position. What does this say about you? This rigid position might mean that you have a hard time relaxing and may wake up stiffer and in more discomfort than when you went to bed. Your muscles may not be getting the proper rest while you are asleep.

The Yearner is a sleeper that has outstretched arms when they are on their side. 25% of sleepers are yearners. These people are happy morning people that are excited about their life and chase their dreams. People that go after their dreams can be “day dreamers” and often lose focus on their goals and before they know it too much time has passed missing opportunities.

The Freefall Position sleepers are face down flat on the bed with arms and legs sprawled all over. What does it mean? You are seeking control of your time and space in a way that you don’t feel you have during the day. 17% of the people studied were considered freefallers and the body expert said these sleepers many be getting the least amount of restful sleep.

Professor Chris Idzikowskia, a sleep researcher at the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, agrees that there is an association between the way you sleep and your personality. Also he suggests that there is a link between your sleep position and your over-all general health. If you sleep on your back with your arms and legs open he says these folks are more open and make friends easier than those that sleep in the log position. But he singles out the soldier sleeper who also sleeps on his back but in a more rigid position, as they tend to be quiet and more reserved. Remember back sleepers often struggle with getting a good night sleep as they tend to snore and may suffer from chronic sleep apnea or other breathing problems.

Another note: Which side of the bed do you sleep on? The study also mentioned that those who slept on the left side of the mattress have a brighter outlook on life and tend to be more optimistic about their work and personal life verses those that sleep on the right side. 31% of those in the study who slept on their left side of the bed loved their career, compared to 18% who slept on the right.

Both researchers say there is no one size fits all when it comes to sleep positions. According to Phipps the participants in his study of changed sleeping positions several times during the night.

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