What's your favorite position?


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In forth grade, a friend of mine brought in an article about sleeping for a current event assignment. He read it aloud to the class, and I listened attentively. It was an article challenging the possibility of sleep positions reflecting personalities. Is that even possible? Could sleeping a specific way actually reflect your mood at that point in life?

Apparently so! This website discusses four different sleeping positions that reflect a particular mindset. The four positions presented are Foetal, Log, Yearner, and Freefaller. Let's take a look at each!

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The foetal position is generally a curled up position, where the knees are bent high up and the head is lowered, as seen below. Typical traits of an individual sleeping in this position, as reported by Robert Phipps, include order, over-evaluation, and unnecessary worry.

 

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The log position, displayed below, is demonstrated when an individual lays on their side in a straight position, with their arms pressed against the side of their body. "Loggers" can be stubborn, according to research, and can potentially give off a bossy attitude toward others.

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The yearner is a complex position when considering personality.  With arms out in front as they sleep on their side, yearners can be seen as reaching for their goals, or being chased by their challenges. They are their "own worse critics".

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Lastly, the freefaller sleeps on their with their whole body stretched out, gripping on the pillow. Freefallers may feel passive in their own life, or not in control of the wheel.

However, when searching other websites about this topic, I found opposing studies. Professor Chris Idzikowski of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service analyzed the same four positions listed, and two more. His studies showed quite different personality traits exhibited through these sleeping patterns.

Admittedly, I find myself sleeping in both the foetal and freefaller positions. Which brings me to another question. How could I be represented by two conflicting positions? Do these positions depend on the personality and issues faced during the previous day, or my personality as a whole? If you've got an answer, enlighten me!

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Wow! What an interesting topic, I really enjoyed your article! I find myself sleeping in the fetal position and free faller position as well. Which is perplexing considering they both "represent" two opposite personality traits: one in control and the other not. I think I stand as an accurate judge of my personality when I say that I am more of a "fetal position personality match". I admit I am controlling and like to have order in situations. However, when I tried doing research to find answers for your posing question, the most common articles to come up had to do with your sleep and race. How do these two add up? Take a look and find out!

http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/14/how-well-do-you-sleep-the-answer-may-depend-on-your-race/

I never really thought about the way you sleep could determine traits about yourself! So this observational study was interesting! I definitely sleep in Fetal position and the personality traits completely match me. I am very organized, have things in place, evaluate things a little too much (especially on tests), and worry way too much. So this has me pegged. I also checked the other link you had included in your post, BBC News article, and found that I actually match a few of those traits as well. I've always heard that the positions you sleep in can have an affect on your health too. Here is a website that explains some of the health affects depending on your position. http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/08/your-sleeping-position-affects-your-health/

I never really thought about the way you sleep could determine traits about yourself! So this observational study was interesting! I definitely sleep in Fetal position and the personality traits completely match me. I am very organized, have things in place, evaluate things a little too much (especially on tests), and worry way too much. So this has me pegged. I also checked the other link you had included in your post, BBC News article, and found that I actually match a few of those traits as well. I've always heard that the positions you sleep in can have an affect on your health too. Here is a website that explains some of the health affects depending on your position. http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/08/your-sleeping-position-affects-your-health/

This post was definitely interesting but it is sort of a downer that regardless of what position you sleep in, they all seem like negative traits. I can't say I really fall into any of the categories exactly because depending on temperature or how I am feeling I will sleep in any of the four ways. Most often, though, I sleep in the fetal position. But I would not consider myself a worrier in the slightest, although I do find myself overanalyzing many things. This link describes more/different traits for different styles of sleeping including some positive ones:
http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/men/what-your-sleep-position-says-about-you#4 but this article seems to be geared more towards men. That does make me wonder whether the same applies to women though.

I can't see how sleeping in certain positions can reflect a person's personality. I don't sleep in just one position. For instance, I will normally start off on either one of my sides and then move to my stomach and fall asleep. Other times after moving to my stomach I'll find myself falling asleep on my sides again. On the topic of the position a person sleeps reflecting their personality, what does it say about a person who tosses and turns throughout their sleep?

I am definitely a free faller position type person, but I do not agree at all with the personality trait to go along with. I am wondering what kind of experiment or observation study did they do to come to their conclusions. https://www.google.com/#q=sleep+positions+meaning
This link just shows how many theories there are that goes into the sleep position.

What an interesting post, never thought there were so many sleeping positions. I often sleep in the fetal position and find it the most comfortable. I found an article that shared that those who sleep in this position tend to be tough on the outside, but sensitive on the inside, which I would say is true to me.
Here is a link to that article:
http://www.end-your-sleep-deprivation.com/sleeping-positions.html

What jumped out to me after reading this article was the fact that I toss and turn throughout the night with no set position. This only started happening to me after I went through the hardest time of my life, so it made me think that I fully agree with not necessarily the position you sleep in, but how you sleep having a correlation with your personality or mental state. As Ryan mentioned in a few comments above, it raises the question of what this means for someone like me who changes positions throughout the night. I think its obvious that one with more stress and anxiety can't stay in one position which connects with the traits you mentioned above. Someone who doesn't worry or over think is most likely more at peace and lets them sleep soundly. I have been on both sides and seems to be the reason of my sleep change. Everyone is different and could have a different reason for tossing and turning and I found an article about a study done by scientists to solve the question why some people can't stay still in their sleep.

http://gizmodo.com/5925139/scientists-now-know-why-you-toss-and-turn-at-night++and-it-could-save-lives

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