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How you sleep: What does it mean?

The way you sleep may not be a hot topic around the dinner table–or

any other table for that matter–but maybe it should be.

Studies show that there are various insights to be

gleaned from how someone sleeps. Here we examine a few, and explain

what you might be able to learn about yourself from your own sleep

habits.

Personality

A study conducted by Chris Idzikowski, who heads

the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service in the

UK, focused on the six most common sleeping

positions and how they reflected people's

personalities. Here they are, in order of prevalence.

"The Fetus" is the most common position, with the sleeper lying curled

up on their side. It is said to reflect someone with a tough exterior

shell but a

soft, sensitive core.

"The Log" position is that of someone lying on their side with their arms

down. "Log" sleepers are sociable and outgoing, but gullible.

"The Yearner" sleeps on their side as well, but with their arms stretched out

in front of them. This positions tends to reflect a cynical straight shooter:

someone who is hesitant to commit or trust but once they do, they're all in

and mean business.

"The Soldier" position is on the back with the hands at the side. This

is a common one for more

reserved, less dramatic folks.

"The Starfish" is the least common position, but when you find a

"Starfish" sleeper, hang onto them!

This position is associated with people who are selfless, generous,

humble individuals.

How It Impacts Your Waking Life

Not only does your sleeping position reflect your personality, it can

also affect how you behave when

you wake up. Dr. Mark Kohler at the University of South Australia's

Centre for Sleep Research suggests

that sleeping postures can clue us into what's rolling around inside

someone's head. "Just like our

waking posture and position can influence our emotions – for example,

if you are leaning forward and clenching your fists, you are most

likely to feel angry – our sleeping position is thought to influence

our emotions or represent our personality," he says.

What It Says About Your Relationship

Obviously, having another body in the bed with you changes things a

great deal.Not only may your

position be different in order to provide you the best comfort, it may

also shift to reflect your

relationship to that bedfellow of yours. The same Australian experts

say that close contact, while

reflective of intimate feelings, is not particularly sustainable for

longer relationships. A slight distance

between partners does not suggest a poor partnership. Little things

like interwoven hands and feet are indicative of not only strong

feelings, but of high quality sleep as well. So relationships turn out

to be beneficial for providing more than just one healthy bedtime

activity.

Which position do you find most comfortable? Are those personality

traits accurate for you? Maybe you

should head to Australia, find an Australian mattress, and test the

theories out for yourself.

(Data Courtesy: Marianne Ross. She is a freelance blogger on topics

related to health and wellbeing.)

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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