There are approximately six different sleep positions for individuals and according to a study, personality traits are attributed to each position. Not only does it reveal information about your personality but the position in which you sleep also affects your health. Scientists say that you can actually improve the way that you sleep by supplementing a pillow into some of your positions. So even though we may subconsciously sleep a specific way but want to change it for the better, try to add a pillow into your sleeping routine to make for a more restful night and painless morning.
A survey done on 1000 people found that the most popular sleeping position was curled up on the side like a foetus. Why do we do that exactly? Because it was the most comfortable position for nine months before we left the liquid pool of our mothers’ womb. However, though this may appear to be the most comfortable position to sleep in, it can also be the worst for your body. Not only are you curling your spine (hello early back pain) but you are restricting the air flow into your lungs by curling your diaphragm. This will cause breathing problems and result in very deep breathing. That being said, if you have snoring problems this position may help to reduce your snores. The foetal position is also relatively comfortable for pregnant women as it feels more comfortable to curl around a belly.
Those who sleep in the foetal position are said to be a little bit more reserved and don’t reveal their thoughts willingly unless they trust the other person. Their exterior is tough but once broken down, they open up willingly like the softies they are on the inside.
The second most popular sleeping position is the log. This position is better than the foetal position and is recommended to those who enjoy sleeping on their side. You allow your spine to straighten and lengthen out (measure yourself in the morning, trust us). By sleeping with your arms on the side, you allow your spine to naturally align itself, releasing stress from the weight of your body. The only con is that you should ensure that you have a thick pillow to support the hollow between your neck and shoulder or else you may wake up with some neck pain the next morning. Also at some point in the night, your upper knee may fall over onto the mattress to provide your body with support. But along with the added support is a rotation on your spine which may result in back or hip pain. Try preventing this by wedging a pillow between your knees to improve your sleeping position. Sleeping in the log position is another great alternative to prevent snoring.
Individuals that sleep in the log position are said to be easy to get along with, out-going and fairly sociable. Could this be due to the fact that we allow our front to fully face whatever is coming at us?
The next sleep position is the yearner. Sleeping on the side with arms outstretched, the yearner is a slight variation on the log. The yearner shares the same advantages and disadvantages as the log, but has an added disadvantage due to the position of the arms. The outstretched arms adds undue stress to the shoulder and arms due to body weight pressure. The sleeper may wake up with numbness in the arms in the middle of the night or even soreness in the morning. If you are waking up in the morning to pain, try out the log position to reduce stress to your shoulders and arms.
Yearners are said to be cynical and suspicious. They are slow to trust others and although they are open, they remain slow to make up their minds.
With a little bit less popularity is the soldier sleep position. Individuals will sleep on their back with their arms down at their sides. This position is conducive to spine alignment in relation to the rest of the body. If you don’t have snoring problems, then this will be the best sleeping position for you. If sleep apnea is a problem, try avoiding this sleep position at all costs as it will just worsen the condition. Just ensure that your head isn’t propped up too high by a pillow or you risk the chance of developing soreness by the morning. Those with acid reflux are also recommended to try out this sleeping position as gravity will pull your stomach lower than your esophagus, allowing you to have restful night of sleep. This position is also great for your face as it won’t be in contact with your pillow, allowing for your skin to breathe. You also prevent the formation of wrinkles when your face isn’t pressed up against your pillow.
To stay in this sleeping position the whole night would mean that you’re in a frozen trance. Which is why those who sleep in the soldier style are said to be perfectionists and also introverts. They keep to themselves and follow a high standard of expectations. They are not as open to others (even though they have an open sleep position) and expect adherence to rules.
The name of this position sounds scary enough already, which is why it’s one of the less popular positions from the six most common. Unless you have digestive issues, sleeping on your front is not the best position. By sleeping on your stomach, you aid in the process of digestion, increasing your metabolism. However if your digestion is fine, we don’t recommend face-forward sleeping as you may cause injury to your spinal cord. We obviously can’t breathe through a pillow, so we turn our faces to the side to get some fresh air. This causes us to turn our spine, and extended periods of time in this position can actually cause neck pain or soreness. To remove the stress on your neck, try sleeping on your stomach with a very thin pillow or even no pillow at all. Although this won’t completely rid the spinal twist, you’ll minimize the damage being done to your body. An advantage to sleeping on your stomach is that it also helps to maintain an open airway, preventing snoring. So if sleeping on your back isn’t comfortable, try your stomach.
Freefallers are said to be extroverts that embrance social interaction. They enjoy engaging with others and spending their time with others more than being alone. The only downfall (haha get it?) is that they don’t take lightly to criticism. So as much as they may appear to be light hearted, keep in mind that they do have a tough interior as well and are very stubborn to their ways.
The least common of all positions is the starfish. In this sleeping position, the individual is asleep on their back with their arms and legs spread widely out in haphazard positions. Besides the soldier, the starfish is also a great position to help the spine naturally align with the body. You’ll also prevent the cause of wrinkles and any facial acne breakouts. The only other disadvantage to this position is the stress that may be caused due to having the arms raised as opposed to being down on the side of the body. This may twist or pinch nerves in the shoulders resulting in surprise surprise, soreness and pain.
Individuals who sleep in this style are said to be very open minded and are great listeners. Make sure to ask all of your friends how they sleep so you know who to approach when you need someone to rant to! Starfish sleepers enjoy staying in the background as opposed to being the centre of the attention so they will really take the time to listen to your woes and victories.
If you’ve been doing the math, then you’ll realize that there is about 11% missing from our totals. This is due to the fact that some individuals sleep in a variety of positions or have no idea which position they sleep in at night. If you are in this 11%, try filming yourself while you sleep at night to determine which position you most often assume. Or even take part in a sleep lab near you, not only will you be helping the researchers get results for future studies but you’ll be able to find out how you sleep!
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