As it turns out, how we choose to rest during the nighttime hours may have direct correlation to aspects of our day-to-day conscious personality. According to one sleep researcher, the preferred position our body most naturally assumes when resting or asleep could say something about who we are and how we are most apt to relate to our waking life.
Conducted by Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, an on-going study of 1,000 adult volunteers seems to suggests that different personality types can be determined by six of the most common sleep positions preferred by individuals.
Idzikowski’s research seems to indicate that the habitual body language we display during our waking life is also reflected by our subconscious when taking our sleep posture and the message it conveys into account though the psychological assessment associated with the posture may seem very different from what we might expect.
According to his this study the six most common sleeping positions and the personality traits that are indicated by these postures are simple enough for anyone to determine. So, what does your preferred sleep position say about you?
Lying curled on their side, their legs bent inwards in what is commonly termed a fetal position, is the most common bedtime stance for people. With 41% of those those who participated in the survey preferring this posture, and of that number 51% being women, this is the position most people take when in bed.
According to the study, those preferring this position tend to display a tough outer shell to the world, yet are often sensitive and emotional just below the surface. Outwardly tensed they often will relax and become sociable only after those around them have gained their hard earned trust.
The results of the study showed that 15% of of those surveyed chose to sleep on their side with both arms held at their sides. These people are rather social and display a much easier-going personality. Those choosing this sleep stance possess the potential to be trusting of others, though often to the point of gullibility.
Choosing to sleep on their sides, both arms stretched out before them are those taking the Yearner posture. Yearners possess an open-minded personality, though they can often be prone to suspicion and cynicism. Yearners can further be aptly described as being rather stubborn about changing their minds once they’ve made a decision.
Those lying flat on their backs, both arms held straight down at their sides tend to aim high and hold themselves to an oftentimes unrealistically high standard as is reflected in the name for this sleep posture. People with this as the sleep position they habitually exhibit tend to have a rather relaxed and reserved countenance.
People who choose to lie flat on their stomachs, their arms wrapping their pillow tightly can be described as outgoing, socially adept, brash, though unexceptionally opposed to criticism in any form.
The least preferred of the most common positions exhibited in the study is the Starfish position. These people are those who sleep lying flat on their backs, arms stretched upwards towards their heads. The personality of these individuals tend to express humanitarian bent. They often make very good listeners, revere relationships, are always willing to render assistance wherever needed, and shy away from the limelight.