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Surprising Relationship Between Sleeping Position and Personality

The Relationship Between Sleeping Position and Personality
The posture of a person while sleeping has been known to reflect their personality. For e.g., people who sleep flat on their tummies with both or one hand under the pillow, one hand stretched out, or both hands spread out wide, etc., are bold, brash, out-spoken, narrow-minded, self-centered, dominating, and make people compromise and adjust to their views, do not take criticism well, and are arrogant, impudent, and thin-skinned.
Mrunal Belvalkar
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2018
Sleeping on the Belly
When you sleep on your tummy, you are 'inaccessible'. For example, if someone had to tickle you, they wouldn't be able to, or if someone wanted to hit you, they would have to hit you on the back, where it hurts lesser. Sleeping on your belly also means people can't see your face. This is a defensive posture between you and other people - and that is how you are in real life, always ready to fight!
Sleeping Position and Personality - What is the Connect?
Why are certain sleeping positions more comfortable to us than the rest? Why is it that we keep tossing in our bed till we land up in the correct position and only then do we fall asleep? The answer is simple - it is because our sleeping positions in fact reflect our personality; and it is always difficult, strenuous and tiring to try to be someone we are not! In the 'waking' life, we have to put on many masks as we go about living our lives as a part of the society. We suppress our emotions, or hide them at times. Doing so is something unnatural. However, when we sleep we are in our intimate, personal spaces, and there is no one encroaching upon us. Hence, this is the time when the body restores itself to factory settings and goes into sleep mode! This is why we feel most comfortable sleeping only in certain positions.
Prerequisites For a Good Sleep
Sleep = Elixir of the Gods
There are two kinds of people in this world - those who sleep because they are tired, and those who sleep because they love to sleep! We are the ones who actually look forward to going back home and hitting the bed irrespective of whether it has been a long tired day or a short relaxed one. We love to sleep and often tend to spit fire at anyone who tries to wake us up when we don't want to! For us, deep slumber is an indulgence - and we love to indulge in it. We are also the kind of people who are quite particular about how we sleep - The pillow has to be soft enough, the blanket warm enough, and the hands and legs spread out at just the right angles. Have you ever noticed yourself when you go to bed? You never actually fall asleep unless you are resting in a particular position - on your back, on your stomach, arms around the pillow, etc. You feel most comfortable in these positions. Let's take a look at a few other sleeping postures.
On the back with arms and legs spread out Liberal  free-thinking relaxed peace-loving
These people spread out on the entire bed/mattress - much like Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man! The arms are usually spread out in such a way that they are never above the head. Legs are spread out in a comfortable inverted V shape. Such people are Liberal, free-thinkers, relaxed, comfort-loving, peace-loving, connoisseurs of beauty, need their space in life, do not like to be in crowded places, believe in freedom of expression, are nosy, and love to gossip.
This sleeping position is with the least number of physical constraints ... and that is exactly how these individuals like to lead their lives, devoid of any norms or rules. However, you will also notice that the individual is completely sprawled out. There is no room for another individual on the bed! This reflects the nosy tendency of these people. They always 'want to know'. This can become a problem to people around them. One should try to turn nosiness into inquisitiveness.
On one side with one knee bent fussy finicky whiny nervous
These people sleep on one side and pull one of their knees close to their chest. Either both the arms are placed together over the pillow, or one of them is stretched out straight while the other is placed over or under the pillow. Such people are fussy, finicky, whiny, complaining, nervous, excitable, particular about their belongings, conscious about their appearance, and have the tendency to get tensed and worked up about problems.
These people are always on the edge, ready for action, prepared for impact - like someone is going to hit them on their head wherever they go! If you look again, you will notice that it quite a particular, and complicated position to be sleeping in. These people, even if they roll over onto the other side, will pull up the other knee close to their chest. Relax, the world won't stop if you took a day off and took the time to smell the roses.
Blanket pulled over the head clutching edges deceptive shy secretive
It's a mystery how these people breathe! They pull up the covers right over the head, be it winter, rain or summer; and they tend to clutch the edges of the blanket tightly. Such people are known to be deceptive, shy, weak, secretive, scheming, and they do not share their problems. They are never what they appear to be, carry their own personal hell within, tough on the outside but are actually quite weak.
This posture is easy to understand. The blanket conceals the person entirely. These people are nothing like what their family, relatives, friends, peers and colleagues know them to be. They also never share their problems, but keep them within. On the outside these people appear to be normal, but they are in fact quite shy and weak. They get intimidated easily, but they put up a brave face to hide their insecurities.
On the back with arms sticking to the sides observant shy quite
These people sleep like they are lying down on a magician's bed - absolutely straight and still. They barely move in their sleep, and still manage to get up the next day without any stiffness at all in their muscles! (HOW???) They are usually quiet, observant, shy, reserved, introverted, high-aiming, good listeners, and are always there to give someone an ear.
As you can see, these individuals do not move about much when they sleep. They restrict themselves - in movement, in space, and in position. This reflects their introverted nature. They like to be in the background rather than under the spotlight. This is also reflected in how their sleeping position is simple and basic. Such people are quite shy. As such, there is nothing wrong in this personality, but people are not going to be very happy if they are extrovert, talkative types.
On one side curled up like a fetus selfish jealous vengeful
The person is rolled into a ball! The sleeping position resembles how the fetus looks in the mother's womb. They curl up and pack themselves into a small space on the bed. These people are known for being selfish, jealous, vengeful, without forgiving or forgetting. They are protective about themselves, and appear tough on the outside but are sensitive within.
Women are twice as likely to sleep like this than men are. Most of the time these people tend to hold something to their body when they curl up. This speaks for their selfish nature. They tend to cling to things that belong to them. They also cling on to emotions, hence they find it difficult to forgive and forget. They are also shy around new people. However, once they become comfortable with the person in question, they open up and can be quite fun to be with.
On the back with the hands tucked under the head
This is probably the most chilled-out sleeping position. Both hands may be tucked under the head or pillow, or one may be tucked while the other may lie on the stomach; the hands usually alternate their positions. These people are relaxed, friendly, helpful, giving, intellectual, enthusiastic, caring, full of ideas, out-of-the-box thinkers, compassionate, loving parents and caring partners.
The people who sleep like this often also like to sit with their fingers intertwined behind their heads. They hence, tend to look approachable, and they are. They are people that everyone runs to when they have a problem, or when they want to talk things out, etc. However, their helpful nature can be deceptive, since they are not very deeply attached to those around them, even though they may go out of their way to help everyone.
Benefits of Comfortable Sleep
Comfortable sleep strengthens nervous skeletal and immune systems leading to a healthy mind and body
Apart from being an indulgence, sleep is absolutely necessary for every individual. A good night's sleep can have you ready to take on the world. When we sleep, our body and mind relaxes. It is also believed sleeping helps improve and rejuvenate our nervous, skeletal, and immune system. The importance of sleep cannot be stressed enough. It is hence important that we sleep in a position that we are most comfortable in to help ourselves relax and rejuvenate, and if you do not want to wake up with a stiff neck!
Sleepy baby on red blanket
Woman sleeping
Four month old baby sleeping on blue blanket
Little Girl Sleeping
Young girls sleeping in the bed