Fetal, military, all sprawled out…who knew that they way you sleep says something about your personality. Check out these popular sleeping positions and their corresponding personality traits. See if they ring true or are completely off the bed.
8 Sleeping Positions and What They Say about You
1. The Fetal Position
Probably one of the most popular sleeping positions, the fetal position is when you sleep on your side, legs curled up like you’re back in your mama’s womb. Fetal position sleepers like security and warmth. They have a confident exterior with a sensitive interior. Fetal sleepers have powerful emotions and tend to be worriers.
2. All Sprawled Out
If your bed buddy frequently complains about you stealing the covers, taking up most of the bed, or whacking them in the night, chances are you are a sprawled-out sleeper—arms and legs extended in a jumping jack position.
Sprawled sleepers are gregarious by nature, easy-going, and carefree. They are frequently the life of the party and make great friends. People tend to gravitate toward them.
3. Surrounded by Pillows
Some people, myself included, like to sleep hugging a pillow or two, or four. They like a pillow between their knees, one supporting their back, and one to snuggle for good measure. Pillow sleepers place high importance on relationships. They like being around people and making social connections.
4. Back Sleeper
Back sleepers come in different types. Some sleep like a vampire, legs straight, arms folded across the chest. Others sleep in the soldier position with legs straight and arms straight down “at attention” on the sides. If you are a back sleeper, chances are you are a structured person. You thrive on order and know what you want.
5. Tummy Sleeper
About half of you out there are tummy sleepers, free-spirited individuals who are open to new experiences and who are down for a good time. Tummy sleepers sometimes feel that they are not in control; some choose to stress about it and some choose not to sweat it.
6. On Your Side
Typically manifesting in the “yearner” position with hands outreached as if holding a grapefruit, this side sleeping pose doesn’t seem very comfortable but is actually pretty common. “Yearning” sleepers tend to have difficulty making up their minds. They can be indecisive, yet very friendly and social.
Another side sleeping position is the log. Not quite as common, this position looks literally like a log—the sleeper stick straight, lying on the side, hands down to the side. Although this seems rigid, log sleepers are actually quite social and generous. They are trusting and optimistic.
7. Snuggled with Your Partner
Just like in the movies, some couples like to sleep hugging, spooning, and pretty much like pretzels. You can choose to read into that, and some research suggests that spooning suggests one partner feels protective over the other. Some couples, new couples especially, need physical touch as a confirmation that the relationship is A-Okay.
8. No-Touch Policy
On the other spectrum, some couples prefer to snuggle while awake and then go their separate ways to snooze. This doesn’t mean that there’s trouble in paradise, in fact it can mean quite the opposite. Couples who prefer a little space in bed are confident in their relationship. Over time, they’ve developed trust and are as secure of themselves as they are their relationship.