Foetal position (41%)
This is when you are curled up in a ball. This is the most popular sleeping position and is a pretty good way to rest, because it aligns your spine well.
What it says about you: You’re soft, sensitive, friendly and like people.
If you sleep on your side with your arms and legs straight and your arms close to your body, then you’re doing the best thing if you have neck or back pain or sleep apnoea.
What it says about you: You’re friendly and easy to get along with and trust others easily.
Lying flat on your back with your arms straight down at your sides isn’t the best choice if you’re someone who has trouble breathing, or if you’re a snorer.
What it says about you: You’re calm and collected and don’t like drama and fuss.
You lie on your side with your arms stretched out to the front as if you’re reaching for something.
What it says about you: You don’t make a decision until you’re quite sure and have listened to all sides, but once your mind is made up, you rarely change it.
You lie on your stomach with your arms tucked under your pillow or on either side of your head. It seems comfy at the time, but can actually make your back and neck sore. Experts also warn that you’re more likely to toss and turn trying to get comfy when in this position.
What it says about you: You’re an extrovert and are outgoing and loud. You only want positive vibes and don’t deal well with negative people.
You lie on your back, with your legs spread and your arms on either side of your head. Experts are pretty consistent in saying that any form of back sleeping isn’t fab and that you’re better off on your side.
What it says about you: You’re great to chat to and people find you very approachable and willing to help.
NOTE: This is NOT a scientific study. The science-y bit determined the percentages of people who sleep in these positions, but the rest cannot be proved. In fact, a 2012 study by West Chester University in the US found that there are only weak associations between sleeping position and personality. But who knows?
Article featured originally in Very Interesting Junior Magazine Issue #15.