You are how you sleep

We’ve heard about body language, but have you stopped to consider that your body talks even while you’re asleep? No, not the ‘Come hither’, ‘How you doin’?’, and ‘Let’s get it on’-type talk. We mean unspoken (obviously!) clues about your personality are being transmitted while you’re shut-down, and away in Snore-Town.

We’ve done a round-up of the best the internet has to say on the topic for you…

The Foetus – Awww, you’re just a soft, squishy baby underneath that tough-as-nails exterior, aren’t you? So you sleep on your side with your knees tucked in towards you – the Foetus stance is favoured by worriers who seek comfort from the stresses of daily living, which is what this sleeping pose signifies.


The Log – Hey look! Fun Bobby is here! The F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reference aside, Log sleepers are supposed to be sociable people who love to engage with all kinds of individuals. So if this is how you sleep, you’re very fun, and very trusting – which can sometimes make you gullible, so beware of freeloaders, Log people!


The Yearner – If your favored pose while sleeping is to a side with outstretched arms, then you’re a yearner. Said to have an open nature that’s willing to try out new things, but sometimes suspicious or cynical, you’re slow to make up your mind, but once you have, you’re unlikely ever to change it.


The Soldier – Like the name indicates, this sleeping pose involves lying on your back with your arms pinned to your sides. This would indicate that you’re generally quiet and reserved, don’t like a fuss, but set yourself and others high standards.


The Starfish – An uncommon position for an uncommon person. If you splay out in your sleep – on your back with legs stretched out, and their arms stretched up by your head – like the proverbial starfish, then youre said to make a good friend because you’re always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed, without wanting to be the center of attention.


The Free-faller – Do you lie on your stomach with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side? Then you’re a Free-faller – often gregarious and brash people, Free-fallers can be nervy and thin-skinned, and they don’t like criticism, or extreme situations. Lighten up, love.


The Pillow Hugger – All curled up with your arm around your pillow? You’re the ‘pehle aap’ person, putting other’s needs ahead of yours. You form strong bonds, and keep your friends and lovers close by staying in touch with them. You’re the social glue that connects the various circles you know and people love you for it.

Pillow Hugger

(adapted from internet articles citing research by Chris Idzikowski, PhD and author of the book ‘Learn to Sleep Well’)

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