Sleep Positions Explained

What type of sleeper are you?

A Complete Guide to Sleep Positions

You give away so much about your personality every day in your mannerisms. From the way you hold your pen to how you stand when chatting on the phone, the food you eat, your signature, even your face shape tell the world who you are. But did you know that your unique idiosyncrasies show themselves in your sleep too? Your sleep position reveals a lot about your personality, whether you're a back sleeper, stomach sleeper, side sleeper, or a mashup of every position.

What Position Do You Sleep In?

Back Sleeper

Strong personality, loves to be centre of attention, rational positive person.

I'm a Back Sleeper

Side Sleeper

Carefree, social, complex but always follows through on decisions, open minded person.

I'm a Side Sleeper

Stomach Sleeper

Leader, takes initiative, likes order and planning, dependable and responsible person.

I'm a Stomach Sleeper

What Does My Sleep Position Say About My Personality?

Sleeping positions are involuntary and natural movements. It’s in these genuine moments that we reveal so much about ourselves. Those who sleep all curled up in the fetal position are soft-hearted and shy but open up to others when comfortable. Sleeping on your side with your arms stretched out means you’re a complex character but open to people and experiences. A social butterfly tends to sleep on their side with arms stiff by their sides.

It’s natural to be a combi-sleeper too, maybe you start sleeping on your stomach and end up on your side. Take note of your sleep position when you wake up in the morning as this could be your default.

Whatever position is natural to you, it’s vital that you have a supportive mattress and pillow as well as comfortable blankets that will keep you cozy all night.

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Side Sleeper

Fetal Sleeping Position

If you sleep on your side, all curled up like a baby with your knees close to your chest then you find comfort in the fetal position. Fetal Position denotes you’re soft-hearted but may hide it behind a strong demeanor. It takes time for you to warm to others but when you do you’re trusting and open. This position is perfect for spine alignment and those who suffer back pain could find great relief in the fetal sleep position. However, make sure you have a quality pillow to support your neck and align your spine. Also, put a pillow between your knees for added comfort.

Log Sleeping Position

If you sleep on your side with your arms stiff by your sides then you’re a sleeping log. This position is great for back and neck alignment but as with the fetal position, be sure to have a quality pillow or you may suffer a stiff neck. Sleeping logs are sociable, chilled out, and take everything in their stride. Some say you’re so laid back you’re practically laying down! Chatting with strangers is one of your favorite things and you welcome everyone who approaches you.

Yearner Sleeping Position

Sleeping on your side with your arms outstretched is similar to the log sleeping position but has a much different meaning. You’re more wary of strangers than the Log and you think things through thoroughly before making your final decision. You have an almost methodical approach to life and have plenty of street smarts. Side sleeping is the most highly recommended of all because it helps you to sleep more soundly due to the comfy nature of the position.

Spooning Sleeping Position

The spooning position can be a bit tricky with hair in the mouth or a dead arm for the big spoon. This couple's sleep position is not as popular as we’re led to believe. However, couples who sleep like this are very secure in their relationship and are loving towards each other. Couples who sleep in the spooning position and share the same pillow are on the same page, well suited, and trust each other.

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Back Sleeper

Soldier Sleeping Position

Sleeping on your back with your arms straight by your sides denotes you’re a private person. You can give yourself a hard time when you don’t live up to your self inflicted high standards. You may be a bit shy but you’re a rock for those in your life and always there when needed. Sleeping in this position can aggravate back pain so put a pillow under your knees for greater spine alignment. Back sleepers are also more prone to snoring so prop yourself up higher on a couple of pillows to ease breathing.

Starfish Sleeping Position

Starfish sleepers are often misunderstood as selfish sleepers as you take over the bed! Legs are thrown in any direction, arms under the pillow with elbows sticking out. However, starfish sleepers are great listeners (outside of the bed) and make great friends because you’re so reliable and trustworthy. You don’t enjoy being the center of attention but prefer smaller group gatherings. Like the soldier position, place a pillow under your knees and prop your head up on a couple of pillows for a more comfortable rest.

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Stomach Sleeper

Freefaller Sleeping Position

If you sleep on your stomach with your head to the side and arms wrapped around your pillow then you’re a classic stomach sleeper. This position means you have a playful nature and fun personality. You might speak without thinking at times but would never be unkind on purpose. Be sure to rest your head on a quality pillow or even none at all because stomach sleepers can suffer from neck pain. It’s a great sleep position if you snore and also promotes healthy digestion.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best sleep position?

The best sleep position for your health is the one that feels most comfortable to you. It’s always best to sleep with your spine aligned and your head on a pillow. Most of all it’s crucial that you sleep on a quality mattress that supports your weight, hips, and shoulders. The best sleep position for you could be the side, back, stomach, or a mix of all three positions. As long as you can fall asleep within a short space of time, sleep soundly all night, and wake refreshed every morning. You’ve found the right sleep position.

What is the healthiest sleep position?

Depending on your health concerns, sleeping on your side is the healthiest sleep position because it aligns the spine, supports digestion, and opens the airways. This position also eases acid reflux when sleeping on your left side. Side sleepers also tend to sleep more soundly than others. Sleeping on your back can be detrimental for some as it increases sleep apnea episodes and intensifies snoring. Otherwise, back sleepers should ensure they have a quality mattress and pillow to support body weight and align the spine.

What is the best sleep position for antiaging and preventing wrinkles?

The only lines you want are laughter lines, right? Expression lines are the result of our daily facial muscle contractions as we smile, laugh, and sometimes frown. However, sleep wrinkles occur when our face is squished into the pillow as we sleep. Stomach sleepers may find it more tricky to avoid sleep wrinkles while side sleepers enjoy a whole host of positive health benefits they can suffer from vertical sleep lines. The best way to avoid these pesky sleep lines is to prevent your face from resting against the pillow as much as possible. When your face is against the pillow you're also transferring bacteria. Therefore, change bed clothes regularly to avoid acne breakouts.

How can I stop my partner from snoring or stop snoring myself?

A snoring partner can have us staring at the ceiling all night or sleeping on the couch! Some suggest sewing a tennis ball to the back of your partner’s pajamas but there’s no need to resort to such things. If the snorer sleeps on their side with their head propped up on a pillow, this should ease the snoring. Diet and current health factors could also be a cause so best to have a medical checkup if snoring is a major problem.

What is the best sleep position to prevent back pain?

Sleeping on a mattress that supports your body weight, especially hips and shoulders is a good place to start when combating back pain. Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees with your head fully supported by a quality pillow. This position has many positive health benefits and could ease your back pain.

What is the best sleep position to ease hip and shoulder pain?

Hip and shoulder pain can be brought on by sleeping on an inadequate mattress. Once you invest in a quality mattress, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees to align the hips. Also, a pillow under your head to align the spine could help to alleviate hip and shoulder pain.

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If you sleep on your stomach with your head to the side and arms wrapped around your pillow then you’re a classic stomach sleeper. This position means you have a playful nature and fun personality. You might speak without thinking at times but would never be unkind on purpose. Be sure to rest your head on a quality pillow or even none at all because stomach sleepers can suffer from neck pain. It’s a great sleep position if you snore and also promotes healthy digestion.

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