You love it. You need it. You gotta have it.
No, I’m not talking about the latest lip shade at Neiman’s or even those killer shoes calling to you.
I’m talking about sleep.
Now some of us are night owls and some of us are early birds, but regardless of when we go to sleep, we all need it.
Facts or Lies???
Sleep helps relieve stress, lose weight, and is a necessity for overall good health.
As long as it’s something that you have to do, you might as well know all about the health benefits associated with the position you chose.
But wait, there’s more.
There is also research about how the sleep position that you selected, tells a lot about your personality.
Fun fact or urban legend?
We shall see.
Three Main Positions
There are three main positions for sleeping, right?
You either sleep on your back, side or stomach.
Let’s take a look at these main categories and then the health benefits of each from sleep experts.
But let’s also consider the findings of Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, Professor Chris Idzikowski, who analyzed common sleeping positions and found an association with particular personality traits.Can your sleep position match your personality?Click To Tweet
Can your sleep position match your personality? You decide.
Sleeping On Your Back
There are pros and cons about sleeping on your back. This position is good if you have back or neck pain because it straightens your spine. Sleeping on your back also helps if you suffer from acid reflux.
You will also get fewer wrinkles because your face is not smushed into a pillow which causes creases that don’t want to leave. (See my personal realization here.)
They also say it keeps your breasts perky since they aren’t fighting gravity. 🙂
It is not good, however, if you snore or have sleep apnea.
There are two main styles of back sleeping called the Soldier and the Starfish.
The Soldier position is where your arms are down by your side.
People choosing this military style are said to be quiet and reserved.
They don’t like drama, are very structured and have high standards for themselves and others.
The Starfish is where your arms are bent and hands are up by your ears.
People that select this position are said to be great friends, good listeners and offer to help.
They also don’t like to be the center of attention.
Are you a back sleeper?
Sleeping on Your Side
Most people sleep on their side. WebMD says it’s 63%.
Just like on your back, sleeping on your side can help with back or neck pain and reduces acid reflux.
In addition, it also helps with snoring.
The problems that side sleeping causes are wrinkles on your face and unfortunately, gravity pulls your boobs over. Oh, the injustice!
Sorry ladies, sleeping on your side causes the dreaded sagging. As if walking around letting gravity constantly pull us down wasn’t enough!
There are three types of side sleeping known as the Log, the Yearner and the Fetal position.
The Log position is a lot like the Soldier except you hold this position on your side. Prof. Idzikowski says that people that sleep like this are social, easy-going, trusting and gullible.
The Yearner position is where both arms are extended while sleeping on your side. They have an open nature but are cynical, stubborn and suspicious. When they do finally make up their minds, they don’t change their decision.
The Fetal position is actually the most popular of side sleepers and includes more women than men. This position is not as good for your back and neck because your legs are pulled up instead of straight.
People that prefer the Fetal position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive on the inside. They worry unnecessarily and tend to over-think.
Are you a side sleeper?
Sleeping on Your Stomach
This is the best position if you snore. Sleeping on your stomach helps to open up your airways.
It isn’t a good position though for your back and neck.
You could wake up sore from having your neck turned to one side for such a long time.
This is also a position that will speed up the wrinkling process since your face is in your pillow.
If you sleep with your hands around your pillow, you are in the Freefall position.
This person is outgoing, brash, nervy and thin-skinned. They can’t take criticism.
Are you a stomach sleeper?
I usually go for the Soldier position. My honey says I look like I’m in a coffin.
Should I be offended?
But I can’t really relate to the personality of the Soldier, I only wish I were quiet and reserved! Although, I don’t like drama. That part does fit. 🙂
So, here is a bit of homework for you.
If you share a bed with a special someone, take notice of their sleep position and compare it to the list above.
Does their sleep position match their personality? Or is this lies, all lies?!?!?!
Getting a Better Night’s Sleep
As a little side note here, there are a few ways to get a better night’s sleep.
You can meditate, pray, read or do relaxing yoga poses.
There are also supplements like Valerian or Melatonin or even Essential Oils that can help you out.
My buddy, Brendan, at Diamond Herbs suggested using black seed oil to help.
I had never heard of it but you can go check it out at 101 Black Seed Oil Benefits & Uses for Better Health and Wellness for Life.
What About You?
What is your favorite sleep position, back, side or stomach?
Or, more specifically, are you a soldier, starfish, log, yearner, freefaller, or do you prefer the fetal position?
And what about those personality traits? Did yours match?
Also, what is your trick to falling asleep?
Tell me all about it below.