Do you sleep on your side, back, stomach, or in a fetal position? They say your sleeping position says a lot about your personality. Is it true? Let’s find out.
ON YOUR SIDE
This is one of the most common sleeping positions, as it naturally follows the natural curve of the spine and therefore gives a more comfortable rest. If you like sleeping on your side, then maybe you’re one or more of the following:
- You’re easygoing.
- You have no problems socializing with people who might be too intimidating for others.
- You’re trusting, sometimes to a fault.
Benefits of sleeping on your side:
- Aids digestion
- Relieves snoring
- During pregnancy, provides maximum comfort and health for both baby and mom.
The drawback: If sleeping on your right side, you might experience more acid reflux. Try to rest on your left side to avoid pressing on your liver.
Sleep better by placing more pillows around you, so that when you toss around, you’ll end up hugging a pillow, thereby supporting your body for a comfier slumber.
ON YOUR BACK
A lot of us start our sleep like this – on your back, arms on your tummy. However, research shows that only 11% of sleepers actually hold to this position throughout the night.
Popularly called the soldier sleep position, sleeping like this means you’re on your back, with your arms and legs straight.
If you’re a soldier sleeper, you might be any or more of these:
- You tend to have more focus than most people.
- You can achieve anything you put your mind into.
- You thrive with systems and structures.
- You take yourself and others seriously, sometimes too seriously.
Benefits of sleeping on your back:
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines on the face, since it is not pressed against the pillow.
- May relieve back pain.
This isn’t an optimal position for people with sleep apnea, as it causes more breathing problems than other positions.
Sleep better by choosing a mattress and pillows that support your non-movement during sleep.
ON YOUR STOMACH
An uncommon way to sleep is on your stomach. If this is how you sleep, you belong to the group of people who are at risk for backaches and neck strains.
Personality-wise, you might be these:
- You’re fun to be with.
- You’re open to many possibilities.
- You know what you want, and you’ll do what it takes to get it.
- You’re a risk taker.
Benefits of sleeping on your stomach:
- May somehow help relieve pressure on the hips and shoulders
- That’s just it, really. It’s the worst position!
The drawback: Sleeping on your stomach tend to be one that puts the most pressure on your internal organs, as well as on your joints and muscles.
Sleep better: If you find yourself waking up with backaches and neck pains, use a pillow that lets you put your head on its edge so you can face the mattress when you sleep instead of turning your head on its side.
LIKE A BABY
If you sleep in a fetal position, with your legs gathered up close to your body, then you’re part of the huge majority! We’re predisposed to assume this sleep position, because this was how we were cuddled up in our mother’s womb.
This is also the most comfortable position in terms of ensuring that the spine stays in its natural curve, there’s no tension on your back, and having a deep slumber.
If you sleep like a baby, your personality might be something close to these:
- You’re sensitive and shy.
- You long to be protected and understood.
Benefits of sleeping in fetal position:
- It gives the least amount of sleep interruptions, letting you have a long uninterrupted rest.
- It’s the best position for aligning the spine.
The drawback: Might cause neck and joint pains.
Sleep better: Like any side sleeping position, you need a pillow that can ease the possible strain on your neck.
Should you change your sleeping position?
They say there are bad sleeping positions, and there are better sleeping positions. The thing is, as long as you’re comfortable and you don’t wake up with a sore body, then that’s okay.
You can enhance your sleep experience by getting a quality mattress, pillows that will support your sleeping position (for instance, an extra pillow for hugging if your sleep position is on your side), and ultra-soft and smooth sheets.
Make sure you have those in place, and sleep away!