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Sleep Positions and Personality

What Do Sleep Positions Say About Personality?

Here's a post from OnSugar blog My DISFunkshion.

Most of us like to know a good night’s sleep will leave us refreshed for the day ahead, but next time you crawl into bed, keep Professor Chris Idzikowski in mind.

He’s the director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, who conducted a study that revealed six common sleeping positions that show different personalities.

So what are they? Keep reading...

  • The most common position is the Foetus. People who curl up are likely to have a tough exterior but remain sensitive. They may be shy but will warm up quickly.
  • The Log position (sleeping on your side with both arms down) indicates that you’re an easy-going person who is trusting, sometimes to the point of being gullible.
  • The Yearner, who lies on the side with their arms out in front of the body, is open-minded but cynical and suspicious and at times indecisive.
  • The Soldier lies on their backs with their arms down close to the body. These sleepers are reserved and quiet. They also hold themselves and others to a high standard.
  • Freefallers who lay on their bellies with their arms under or wrapped around a pillow with their heads turned to the side are said to be brash and outgoing but very uncomfortable with criticism.
  • Finally, people who adopt a Starfish position are said to be good listeners, helpful and dislike being the center of attention.


So there you have it. Six positions, six personality types. Do you agree with the findings?

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sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I must have multiple personalities, I go through all these and more during a night's sleep =)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Log position, and this is dead on! =)
QueenElizabeth QueenElizabeth 7 years
hm... color me skeptical. sleep like a freefaller, but i'm deathly shy? i do hate criticism though.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Yeah, I don't know about this. According to these positions, I'm a mix of foetus and freefaller, mostly freefaller. I do not hold any of the characteristics of the freefaller though AT ALL (I am also quiet, shy, and introverted, and definitely not uncomfortable with criticism). And every once and awhile I fall asleep soldier style, but usually have terrible dreams and/or sleep paralysis when I do, so I hate when I do that. This is, in a word, BULLHONKY.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
There you go kimmieb124! I too sleep on my belly I turn my head to the side, just like a freefaller and I'm neither outgoing or brash at all either, in fact I'm pretty much a shy, introverted, homebody type. This whole sleep study is backwards!
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I sleep soldier position all night and never move. I guess I am reserved and quiet. I can tell you my cat likes it because she can sleep on my belly all night and not have to worry about me disturbing her. :)
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I usually go through at least a few of these in one night.
MrsBrainySmurf MrsBrainySmurf 7 years
"People who curl up are likely to have a tough exterior but remain sensitive. They may be shy but will warm up quickly." yeah, this sounds like me :]
chequettex chequettex 7 years
I sleep several different ways, depending on what is comfortable at the moment I drift off, and I think determining personality by sleeping position is kinda hokey. However, my husband sleeps like a soldier and he has that personality. :) He tends to be the predictable type too...
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I'm a freefaller according to this, but I would never describe myself as brash or outgoing. I'm actually quiet and somewhat shy which is basically the exact opposite.
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 7 years
I'm a combination of Foetus and freefaller. When I sleep along I am a freefaller. When I am with someone a foetus position
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, but I am so sick of useless studies and statistics.
KateAthens KateAthens 7 years
According to this i'm a freefaller. But i'm not brash or too outgoing. The uncomfortable with criticism part is true.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I move around a lot...sometimes I sleep on my back, sometimes on my side, sometimes fetus, often on my stomach but I largely do so because I have a bad back and sleep in positions that takes the pressure off at that particular time (sometimes it hurts a lot, sometimes not so much etc.) So I'm not sure the way I sleep necessarily has to do with personality or more is just a learned behaviour to minimize pain for the last 12 years since I hurt myself
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