Your body language in bed
Your body language can reveal a lot about your personality and your thoughts. But you’ll be surprised to know that your body is communicating even when you’re asleep. “When you think about it,” says Dr David Greuner, “most people spend six or more hours per day sleeping, so of course your sleeping position reveals a lot about you.” And by that, Dr Gruener is referring not only to your personality, but your health.
Chiropractor Michelle Robin adds that the way you lie on even the best mattress can also affect your health. “If you remain in a position for hours at a time that puts a kink in your neck, numbs your arm, or hurts your hip, it takes a toll,” she explains. “One that is not merely physical, but also mental and energetic.” The good news is that we can also work with our sleeping positions to get the maximum health benefits from the time we spend between the sheets.
Curl up like a baby
“Many people fall asleep in a side-laying foetal position because it offers them a sense of safety as they doze off,” says mattress designer Susanne Flother. According to a 2013 survey it happens to be the most common sleeping position.
“Those who favour the side-lying foetal position tend to be sensitive, but may project a tough exterior,” says Professor Chris Idzikowski, who directs a UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, when he spoke to the BBC about sleeping positions. Likewise, Dr Idzikowski added, foetal sleepers tend to be quite personable, even if they come off as shy upon first meeting people. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.
Sleeping like a log
Sleeping like a ‘log’ is the way Dr Idzikowski describes lying on your side with your arms at your sides. If this is your favourite sleeping position, then you’re probably easy-going, social, and relatively trusting of strangers, he told the BBC. That said, you may also be a bit gullible. Logging is a fairly common position, although not as popular as the foetal position.
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