Sleep psychologists and experts from around the world have conducted numerous studies to determine the relationship between our sleeping position and our personality. Our subconscious mind is the driving force behind how we function throughout the day, how we walk, what coffee we order, how we sleep, and so on. We often don’t pay attention to how we sleep and just curl up in our favorite sleeping position. However, Dunkell has done a lot of groundbreaking work on the relationship between sleeping positions and personality traits. “The way we sleep is the way we live,” sleep researcher Samuel Dunkell writes in his book Sleep Positions.
Sleep science has played an important role in showing that sleep reveals personality traits such as neuroticism, conscientiousness, extroversion, kindness, and openness. According to the European magazine for personalitythe quality of sleep you get this week will most likely affect your personality five years from now.
Let’s see what your sleeping position tells us about your personality.
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Finished? Read on to find out what your sleeping positions reveal about you.
Sleeping position: On your back
When you sleep on your back, your sleeping personality expresses a desire to be the center of attention. You are a positive person who would enjoy the company of others who share your values. In a crowded space, you are known as a commanding presence. You don’t engage in trivial discussions or things that don’t meet your standards or don’t support you. You have extremely high expectations of yourself and others.
You’re more likely to tell the truth than a sugar-coated lie. You work extremely diligently and persistently to achieve your goals. You lead a structured life and have a success-driven mindset. You really enjoy your time laying in bed imagining your plans come true.
An independent person may sleep on his back in the royal position. People who sleep on their backs have regal tendencies, like a ‘queen’ or a ‘king’ of night and day. They radiate self-confidence, acceptance of the world and liberation. Compared to other sleeping styles, they appear to be more open-minded and seeking new experiences or sensations.
According to sleep researcher Chris Idzikowsk, sleeping on the back is further classified as soldier position and starfish position. When a person sleeps in a soldier’s position with their legs and arms extended, they are usually reserved and quiet, but they are very demanding.
If you sleep in a starfish pose with your arms and legs stretched out, you are a good listener who appreciates friendships and dislikes being the center of attention. They are the type of people who ‘go with the flow’. They are extremely sympathetic and helpful. They can usually be found listening to someone else’s problems.
If you sleep in a stargazing position with both hands up under your head or pillow, you are a very optimistic person who is very loyal to your loved ones, friends and family. They are carefree and approach life positively.
Sleeping position: on your side
If you sleep on your side, your sleeping personality indicates that you are a calm, reliable, easygoing, active, go-getter, social butterfly type. You always look ahead. You don’t regret the past. You don’t worry about the future. You can adapt very well to changes and situations. You are always looking for the silver lining. You are well aware of your own good and bad qualities, which makes it hard to offend. Even when the going gets tough, you always have a smile on your face.
People who sleep with their arms outstretched on their sides usually long for a close relationship or bond with someone, but they also fear that they won’t get it. They have a very rational view of life. They are also complex creatures because they are both open to new experiences and suspicious of others. They are slow to accept or change their mind about other people. They are usually slow to make decisions, but once they do, they stick to their own decisions and thoughts.
People who sleep on their side with a pillow cuddled or tucked between their legs turn out to be extremely helpful people who value relationships over other aspects of life. You want to have a deep bond with your loved ones, partner or relatives as much as you want a pillow to cuddle while sleeping. If you sleep with your partner, you are most likely to hug him or wrap your legs or arms around him. You are also very caring and caring.
According to sleep researcher Chris Idzikowsk’s research, people who sleep on their side in the log position with both their legs and arms extended are gullible and open to life experiences. They usually get along with anyone, even strangers. They have an overly trusting personality.
Natural thinkers are those who sleep on their side with their knees drawn up to their stomach and one arm under their pillow or against their cheek. You are aware of your emotions, whether they are positive or negative. You accept them and respond accordingly. You seem to have a rough, cold appearance, but inside you are an emotional person. You would also make an excellent partner or friend.
Sleeping position: fetus
When you sleep in the fetal position, your sleeping personality indicates that you want to be understood and cared for by others. The fetal sleeping position is similar to a baby curling up. By sleeping in a fetal position, you can free yourself from external problems. You are a guarded person who does not open up easily. You have a hard time trusting others. They look tough on the outside, but are extremely emotional on the inside.
When one sleeps in a fetal position, one is most comfortable around relatives or people who have played an important role in their upbringing. They are a shy, sensitive, innocent and forgiving person with a clear conscience. They enjoy activities that don’t require them to be around a large number of people. They are usually seen as painting, drawing, writing, dancing and other forms of self-expression.
Sleep researcher Samuel Dunkell first proposed the fetal sleeping position in the 1970s. He found that people who sleep in a fetal position are more emotional and anxious. They are usually stiff and closed off from experiencing life on the go. People who slept in the full fetal position expressed feelings of abandonment in their waking lives during their studies. Chris Idzikowsk, a sleep researcher, has also noted that people who sleep in the fetal position are shy around new people or new environments, but with the right company, they can relax quickly.
Sleeping position: On your stomach
If you sleep on your stomach, your sleeping personality indicates that you are a risk taker, adventurer, cheerful, problem-solving type. You are discovered to be effective at leading or advising others. To stay energetic and charged, you prefer to sleep for at least 8 hours.
You are a friendly person who sometimes comes across as cold or rude. You are constantly avoiding conflict. You are looking for the middle between two extremes. You are a social butterfly who likes to be pampered. When you’re at your best, you radiate a friendly, warm atmosphere. However, dealing with criticism is not your forte as you are your own worst critic so hearing it from others makes you feel uncomfortable.
People who sleep on their stomachs are compulsive, impulsive, anxious and rigid, according to sleep researcher Dunkell. They are discovered to lack self-confidence or suppress insecurities about themselves. According to studies, people who sleep on their stomachs are more likely to work in management, banking or accounting.
If a person sleeps on their stomach with their hands on or around the pillow and their head turned to one side (left or right), this is known as a free fall or skydiver position. They have a free-spirited, playful personality and are always up for an adventure. They don’t mince words, and as a result they can sometimes seem brash, especially when criticized or confronted with extremes. According to sleep researcher Chris Idzikowsk, free fall sleepers are social butterflies.
Did you enjoy discovering your sleeping personality types?
It should be noted that no one sleeps in the same position all his life. Our subconscious mind picks up new traits or sheds old habits as we age. We evolve as individuals, learning new things about ourselves and changing our mindset, so someone may sleep in a combination of two or more sleeping positions. They may indicate that you embody traits of different sleeping personality types. Stay tuned for more such personality tests.