Our bodies are constantly throwing off a storm of signals which are silent (non-verbal) messages expressed through the sender’s body movements, facial expressions, voice tone and loudness. These signals, when understood, convey volumes of information.
However, what many people don’t know is that our sleeping position reveals a lot about who we are while conscious too. In fact, researchers believe that a sleeping person’s body language never lies.
Here is what each sleeping position means.
Professor Chris Idzikowski, the director of the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, conducted a study where he analysed six common sleeping positions. According to his research, the fetal position is the most common sleeping position and it is characterized by sleeping on your side with your legs curled up. Sleeping in this position means that a person is very shy and sensitive on the inside, but thick-skinned and tough on the outside. Even though these people may seem shy at first, they are able to relax quickly and are warm, organized and conscientious.
Sleeping on your back
Also known as the “Soldier” position, research has shown that people who sleep in this position tend to take themselves very seriously and are very structured. Commonly, they are reserved and quiet, and they tend to set high standards for themselves and others around them. A downside to this sleeping position is that these people are often snorers, but it is considered that this is the best position for back and neck health.
Sleeping on your stomach
Also known as the “Freefaller” position, it is characterized by sleeping on your belly with your head to the side and your arms wrapped around a pillow. As the name of the position suggests, these people have open, friendly and playful personalities. Even though they almost always seem free-spirited, they are secretly anxious and are very sensitive to criticism. They can also be brash at times.
Sleeping on the side
This position is similar to the fetal position, but it can be distinguished as the body tends to be more relaxed, not curled up in a ball – legs stretched out or slightly bent. According to a study, people who sleep in this position have an analytical mindset, and are very stable and reliable. They can easily adapt to any situation and like to be around others.
Even though this is not a sleeping position, but whether you snore or not reveals something about you too. According to research, snorers tend to have extreme emotions which can manifest in hyperactivity, depression or aggression. The reason for this is most likely because they often don’t get enough sleep.
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