Does Your Sleeping Position Reveal Your Personality?

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Though you may not know (or fess up) to the fact that you are a worrywart or stubborn as a mule, the position in which you spend the night sleeping, reveals it all - At least that's the conclusion reached by England's leading body language expert, Robert Phipps.

For his analysis, Robert picked the four most popular sleeping positions - Fetal, Log, Yearner and Freefaller. Curious to hear what he thinks each one unveils about the sleeper's personality? Read on . . .

Curled Up Or Fetal Position

If you are one of those people that sleeps curled up with head down and knees pulled up, then you are stressed out. By curling up you are trying to de-stress and comfort yourself. The more curled up you are the more comfort you are seeking! In addition to that you are very conscientious and meticulous, but also, tend to over think everything and are therefore a worrywart! But the good news is that if you maintain this position for the majority of the night you get up quite refreshed and ready to take on . . . . . more stress!

Soldier or Log Position

For those of you that sleep with all your body parts fully extended and stretched in a straight line, the doctor has some bad news - You are stubborn. And, the more you continue doing this the more inflexible your personality will become - so much so, that people might perceive you as bossy! So try relaxing a little and maybe even curling up and see if your personality changes!

Yearner Position

Sleep with your arms outstretched? It could mean one of two things - Either you are chasing your dreams or you are being chased. Either way it reveals that you are a risk-taker that not only wants more from life, but is also, willing to go get it no matter how challenging the proposition. A word of caution though from the wise doctor - Be sure that what you are yearning for, is what you really want so that you don't spend your life striving for things that don't matter.

Freefaller Position

If you sleep flat on your stomach with arms at right angles holding on to your pillow for dear life, you are one of those unfortunate souls that believes that you have no control over what happens in your life. Not surprisingly, you wake up anxious because you are always worried about how many things you have to take care of from the previous day!

While some of the traits revealed by the doctor may sound worrisome, the good news is that a majority of people spend most of the night in a fetal position, at least, according to the 1,000 people that the doctor surveyed. This means that while most of us are stressed out, we all wake up happy and ready to face whatever the new day brings.

This is not the first time a study of this nature has been conducted. In 2003 Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of U.K.'s Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, gave his opinion on the personality traits of people that slept in each of these positions, which not surprisingly was quite different from that of Robert Phipps.

He also, went one step further and revealed the health benefits of each one. Turns out the Freefall position is the best for efficient digestion, whilst the Log or Soldier position is likely to induce snoring and therefore, leave you a little tired! His research also indicated that we are creatures of habit, which means that once we find our favorite positions, we tend to sleep that way for the rest of our lives. This unfortunately means that we can do very little to change our personality!

Telegraph.co.uk, BBCnews.co.uk

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1042 Comments
  • adroit_avimimus
    I can't really relate to any of these positions. The way I sleep is on my side, with one arm pinned under me, and the other curled under my chin (pretty weird, I know), and depending on which side I am sleeping on, the leg closer to the ceiling is bent, like I'm running. The other leg kinda stretched back, or stays straight since it's pinned under the other leg. It may sound complicated and uncomfortable, but I find it the best way to sleep! 😁😄😀🙂🥱😴
  • ravenwing
    ravenwing3 months
    I sleep in the free fall pose. And I can relate to all of the things that it said.
    • snowflake2001
      I sleep sometimes curled up or on my side. I get anxious a lot so yeah. I hope I'm. not the only one.
      • ravenwing
        ravenwing3 months
        Yeah I do to. I have a lot of anxiety issues. But I have gotten better since my brother left.
      • sillyteeth
        sillyteeth3 months
        Well I have been anxious lately but I usually am not all the time.
        • livforlife30
          livforlife304 months
          I sleep in a curled up position
          • booknerd200
            • techfashion0315
              I sleep with my legs all scrunched up. I got in the habit of doing this because, when I was little, I thought monsters (E.T in particular) would touch my legs. Little kids....
              • rennymarco
                rennymarco3 months
                Lol I always thought if I got in my bed no monsters would get me and I would just sit there waiting for them to look at me.
                • techfashion0315
                  Ha! LOL! I was the opposite. I thought monsters would always get me! (As long as the light were off!)
              • rennymarco
                rennymarco4 months
                I sleep on my side with one of my arms under my head and the other one infront while my legs are bent a little, but just a little.
              • coolish
                coolish4 months
                uh, I sleep in freefall...
                • jazmine2008
                  jazmine2008about 1 year
                  yeah i sleep on my side it's more comforting. and with my stuffed animal spot .