We spend anywhere between six and eight hours asleep each night. While we understand that we assume various stances throughout the day, we are less aware of the positions we assume while sleeping.
However, these poses can say a lot about our personalities. Your sleeping position can also affect your health and prevent sound sleep, as can several other factors, so it’s important to learn as much as possible about your sleeping position in an effort to improve your well-being. Learn more about what your sleeping position says about you below.
The fetal position
Lying on your side with your arms tucked in and your feet pulled up to your chest is a common sleeping position. The fetal position replicates the position babies take in their mothers’ wombs. This sleeping position can indicate a state of complete trust and innocence. Like some children, people who sleep in the fetal position can be shy, curious, and personable. That said, just like infants, they also tend to be more anxious and emotional.
Sleeping like a log
Log sleeping is exactly what it sounds like—sleeping with your body straight and your arms at your sides. It’s a common position for those who prefer to sleep on their backs. This position can indicate that you’re social, easy-going, and trusting of strangers. Unfortunately, it can also indicate that you’re gullible, so be careful of being duped!
The yearner position
The yearner position is a modification of the log position. In the yearner, you’re lying on your side with both arms and legs outstretched, as if you were yearning for something. People who prefer this position tend to be an open book, though slightly less so than those who prefer the log position. They can also be suspicious and cynical, opting to poke and prod at new information for possible holes or inconsistencies rather than take things at face value.
This is what your sleeping positions say about you. While certainly not an exhaustive list, this guide can serve as the basis for a ton of interesting research into the dynamics of sleep positions.