The way we sleep can apparently reveal a lot about our personalities. According to various studies on the matter, our sleeping positions can tell a lot about who we really are because we do not control them in the same way we can consciously control our body language.
In a 2003 BBC article, Professor Chris Idzikowski, a director at the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, claimed to have identified six sleeping positions that are linked to different personalities based on a survey of 1,000 people.
In a more recent study reported in The Telegraph in 2012, body language expert Robert Phipps identified four sleeping positions in research carried out for Premier Inn, which identify aspects of our personalities such as how much control we have over our lives and how much we worry.
Here are some of our mattress sleeping positions and
what they could say about your own personality.
This position is where you sleep on your side with both arms in front of you. The 2003 study found that 13% of people sleep in this position, compared to about a quarter in the 2012 study. This position is more common amongst people with an open nature but who also tend to be self-critical. They may even be more cynical and suspicious.
This is where you curl up into a foetus position, and it was the most common in both studies. People who sleep like this are often returning to their comfort zone, perhaps following a stressful day or perhaps because they are natural worriers. They tend to be conscientious, and often they are tough on the outside but sensitive on the inside.
15% of people were found to sleep in this position in the 2003 study, compared to just under a third in the 2012 study. In this position, you sleep on your side with both arms down by your side. People who sleep in this position tend to be social people who are more relaxed and trusting, but who are perhaps more gullible as well.
The freefall position is where you sleep on your front with your head to one side and your hands around the pillow. 7% of people were found to sleep in this position in the 2003 study, compared to 17% in the 2012 study. It is connected with nervous people who are sensitive to criticism and feel like they have a lack of control in their lives.
This position was only included in the 2003 study. It involves sleeping on your back with both arms to your side, and it is connected with people who are quiet and reserved, and who set high standards for themselves.
This is where you sleep on your back with both arms around the pillow. People who sleep in this position tend to be good listeners who provide help and support, and who don't like to be the centre of attention.
If you have never given much thought to your sleeping position, you may be interested to find out what it could say about your personality and whether you agree with the findings from the studies. So have a think about it next time you go to bed, and it could provide you with some interesting insights.
Whatever your sleep positions is, make sure you are getting a comfortable nights sleep on a pocket sprung mattress, orthopaedic mattress or sleepeezee mattress.