At the end of a long day, your only thought may be that you are exhausted. You may be rushing to get into your pajamas so you can jump into bed. Likely, you aren’t thinking too much about how you are sleeping. Do you lay on your back, your stomach, or your side? Where are your arms while you sleep? You may not have considered what your sleep position says about your personality before. Read on to learn what is revealed about the way you choose to catch your zzz’s.
If you spend your nights with your eyes towards the ceiling, you are in the minority of sleepers. Only 10% of sleepers reported sleeping on their backs throughout the night (1). There are a few different back-sleeping positions that are commonly reported. For one, there is the soldier. As you may visualize, this is when someone lies on their back with their hands by their sides - in line like a soldier. This position is often linked to people who are a bit reserved or quiet. They also may hold themselves and others to high standards (2), which really speaks to the “soldier” position. People can count on you if you choose to sleep like a soldier.
Another popular back-sleeping position is the starfish position. In this position, the sleeper is on their back, but has their arms up by their pillow. This pose looks very open and welcoming, which also describes the people who choose to sleep this way. People who sleep in the starfish pose are thought to be open, welcoming, selfless, and giving. So, if you sleep like a starfish, you probably love being your friends’ go-to person for advice (3).
If you sleep on your stomach, it’s more than likely that you have your hands up near or under your pillow while you sleep, and you probably turn your head to the side. You need to be able to breathe, right? This position is referred to as the freefaller. If you sleep on your stomach, you are probably an extrovert. People who sleep in the freefall position are typically outspoken and bold, and they might not be fans of criticism (4). So, if you sleep in the freefall position, try to be welcoming of constructive-criticism in your next team meeting.
If you sleep on your side, you are in the majority. Nearly 75% of the people surveyed said they sleep on their side at night (5). With the majority of the population sleeping on their sides, it makes sense that there are the most differentiations of positions. There is the log, the yearner, and the fetal position when it comes to sleeping on your side.
If you sleep on your side like a log, that means you have your arms straight down by your sides as you sleep. Only about 6% of the population sleeps like this, which isn’t surprising about this uncomfortable-sounding position (6). Even though the position doesn’t sound restful, people who sleep like a log tend to be social and relaxed, while also believing that they are healthier than the average person. So, maybe sleeping like a log feels better than you’d think!
If you sleep in the yearner position, then you sleep on your side with your arms stretched out. 13% of the surveyed population reported sleeping in this wistful position (7). People who sleep this way look as though they are reaching out for something, which may be true for some of these yearning sleepers. These sleepers tend to be open-minded yet cynical, and they may take a while to make decisions. So, these people are great at gathering all of the information before making up their mind.
47% of people surveyed reported sleeping in the fetal position, which entails sleeping curled up like a baby. People who sleep “like a baby” may be more emotional, sensitive, and anxious than other sleepers. However, these sleepers become quite comfortable once they trust someone (8). The personality traits of these sleepers correlate to an infant learning to trust the world and their surroundings for the first time!