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Sleep positions and the personality
    #1933493 - 09/19/03 08:58 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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Sleep position gives personality clue

If you want an insight into somebody's true personality, then try to catch a glimpse of the way they sleep.

Scientists believe the position in which a person goes to sleep provides an important clue about the kind of person they are.

Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, has analysed six common sleeping positions - and found that each is linked to a particular personality type.

"We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious posture says about us.

"What's interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect."

To see the six positions studied by Professor Idzikowski
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# The Foetus: Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax.

This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

# Log (15%): Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

# The yearner (13%): People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

# Soldier (8%): Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.

# Freefall (7%): Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations.

# Starfish (5%): Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention.

The remainder of those in the poll said the position they fell asleep varied or did not know.

Health effect

Professor Idzikowski also examined the effect of various sleeping positions on health.

He concluded that the freefall position was good for digestion, while the starfish and soldier positions were more likely to lead to snoring and a bad night's sleep.

Professor Idzikowski said: "Lying down flat means that stomach contents can more readily be worked back up into the mouth, while those who lie on their back may end up snoring and breathing less well during the night.

"Both these postures may not necessarily awaken the sleeper but could cause a less refreshing night's sleep."

The research also found that most people are unlikely to change their sleeping position. Just 5% said they sleep in a different position every night.

Duvet position

Professor Idzikowski also found that one arm or leg sticking out of the duvet is Britain's most common position, followed by both feet poking out the end.

One in ten people like to cover themselves entirely with the duvet.


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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: Zahid]
    #1933513 - 09/19/03 09:08 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

i usually change positions several times over the night, what does that say?

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: Zahid]
    #1933516 - 09/19/03 09:10 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I feel it's quite off the mark...at least in my case.

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: Zahid]
    #1933541 - 09/19/03 09:22 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I have long ago trained myself to sleep on my left side in order to keep my right (Solar Channel - Pingala) open during sleep. This is a Yoga teaching. The opposite side applies for females. The 3HO school of Kundalini Yoga advises sleeping in a North-South configuration - along the magnetic lines of force of the Earth. Of the past couple of years, I have alternated sides because otherwise I develop pain in my hips, but regular Hatha Yoga relieves that so I'm primarily back to the right side. Lying on my back induces my glottis to 'flap,' resulting in snoring, and my Lady waking me up to roll over [how annoying!].

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    #1933642 - 09/19/03 10:12 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: Zahid]
    #1933667 - 09/19/03 10:26 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Freefall is the only position that I can fall asleep to but I disagree with most of the researcher's findings. I have noticed a pattern I use before I fall asleep: If I'm not extremely tired, I will usually life flat on my back for a few min, then do the starfish, log, and then fall asleep with the freefall. 95% of the time these are the position orders I use to fall asleep. Hmmm...  cool post Zahid. :thumbup: 

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: chodamunky]
    #1933758 - 09/19/03 11:23 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I'm a free-fallin' foetus yearner
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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: DoctorJ]
    #1933939 - 09/20/03 12:22 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

this is exactly as acurate as astrology

i perform sleep studies and get to watch people sleep for a living. people sleep in whatever position is most comfortable, and usually sleep in 2 or 3 positions (prone seems to be the most rare). people with apnea often sleep on their side because their airway isnt as obstructed in that position.

there is a conection between sleep disorders and and waking personalities in that sombody with severe apnea who has 50 mini arousals an hour (some people have over 100) just to catch their breath will be tired during the day, have headaches due to oxygen desaturation, and get a less deep (stage 3 and 4) sleep as well as less rem sleep (obstructive apnea is worst in rem stage because the musculature is the most relaxed)

or you could just say "that sums me up so well, i am shy when i first meet somebody but then i relax..." or "my girlfriend sleeps in the bitch position and shes a total bitch..."

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: 0toxic0]
    #1935008 - 09/20/03 09:36 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)


0toxic0 said:
wat if u sleep standing up? 

Hehe, I was going to get on here today and ask what about people who sleep hanging upside down from a pole naked with sheep's blood dripping off of them, and people sleeping in coffins...

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: Zahid]
    #1935238 - 09/20/03 12:55 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Smells like bullshit.

Any one of those personality catagories can be applied to anybody.

I'd like to see how this study was conducted, and how people's personalities were measures.

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Re: Sleep positions and the personality [Re: Zahid]
    #1935243 - 09/20/03 01:01 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

a few days I saw something similar on tv but they describes the sleeping positions totally different.
I don't really see how this is a scientific experiment. it's just someones observation in my eyes...

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