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Your Sleeping Position Reveals Much About Your Personality

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According to Dr. Mark Kohler of the University of South Australia’s Centre for Sleep Research, our sleep position is thought to influence our emotions or represent our personality. In fact, the way you sleep really changes very little from childhood, says Janet Kinosian, author of The Well-Rested Woman: 60 Soothing Solutions for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep. “One’s personality is clearly invested in the position,” she writes.

Sleep psychologists say that there are 6 common sleep positions, each linked to a particular personality type:

The Fetal Position (curled up on the side)
According to the Chris Idzikowski of the British Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service who analyzed data on more than 1000 British subjects, this is the most common sleeping position, especially among women. People who sleep in this position are more likely to be balanced and well-adjusted. They may be tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet someone, but soon relax.

The Log Position (Lying on the side, both arms down)
This is the second most common sleeping position. These sleepers tend to be easy-going, social people who like to be part of the “in” crowd. Because they are trusting of strangers, they may be gullible.

The Yearner (on the side, both arms out front)
These sleepers tend to have an open nature, but can be suspicious and cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have made a decision, they usually stick to it.

The Soldier (on the back, both arms pinned to the side)
People who sleep in this position – also called the royal position - are generally quiet and reserved. However, they tend to have the most self-confidence. Unfortunately, though, those who sleep on their back are more likely to snore and deal with disordered sleep.

The Starfish (lying on the back, both arms up around the pillow)
These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others and offer help when needed. However, they do not themselves like to be the center of attention.

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The Free Fall (lying on your front, hands around the pillow, head turned to side)
Sleeping on the stomach is also known as the prone position. Those who sleep face down tend to be more anxious. Those in the Freefall position are often gregarious and brash, but can be thin-skinned underneath. They do not like criticism or extreme situations.

Sleeping on the side is generally how couples sleep when they are together. How you sleep together may indicate a bit about your relationship with each other.

If you are sleeping on your side facing your partner with your arms wrapped around each other (known as the honeymoon position), you are probably still very new in your relationship with each other. Very few people sleep with their arms around each other longer than nine months together, says body language guru Allan Pease.

If you are in the “spooning” position, with both partners facing the same direction, the one behind (wrapping his or her arms around the other) is generally the more confident of the two and the more giving in the relationship. When men do the wrapping, they tend to show they are in control, while women do it to show their nurturing nature.

Of course, sometimes you sleep back to back, but it doesn’t mean the relationship is on the brink. Sleeping back to back, but letting parts of the body touch the other’s means that you give each other space in the relationship without fear that you are losing the other.

Keep in mind that any study on the association between sleeping positions and personality is just that – an “association.” Robert Phipps, a UK body language specialist finds the analysis “akin to a horoscope.” Still, it is fun to learn that even in sleep, body language is a part of our overall personality.

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