What The Side You Sleep On Says About You
Every night, you tuck in for a good night’s sleep, and chances are, you assume the same comfy position. You might recline on your back, curl onto your side or fall asleep face down.
While your choice absolutely has to do with your comfort, your go-to sleep position might have a little something to say about your personality and lifestyle, too. It can also affect your quality of sleep and your overall health.
The Side Sleeper
A U.K. study revealed that approximately 40 percent of people roll into the fetal position each night. On top of that, women are two times more likely than men to snooze this way.
If you’re on your side and curled up comfortably, that can be a sign that you’re protective of yourself and your feelings. It may take a little while for you to warm up to new people, but your shyness eventually fades to reveal a warm persona.
This is said to be the healthiest sleeping position because it mirrors the natural curvature of your spine. Still, you might wake up achy in your hips, legs or knees because you’re putting pressure on one side while you’re asleep. If this is the case, pull your legs closer to your chest to create more of a rounded sleeping position. You can also put a pillow between your legs to alleviate any lingering tension.
Another potential danger of side sleeping is an increase in acid reflux. Some research suggests that sleeping on your right amps up your GI issues. You can remedy this by rolling over onto your left-hand side from time to time.
The Stomach Sleeper
There are two stomach-based positions you might take. One is often called “the free-fall:” You lay on your stomach and hold onto your pillow like it’s a parachute pack. Like a skydiver, you are courageous and bold by all appearances — but you might be a little bit more sensitive to criticism and emotional on the inside. This combination helps you thrive in social situations.
You might also do what’s called the starfish, spreading all your limbs out across the bed. Despite your larger-than-life sleeping position, you probably don’t like to be the center of attention in real life. Instead, you’re likely a great listener and an even better friend.
Unfortunately, the stomach sleeper is prone to more negative physical side effects than any other. We’ve already mentioned that the fetal position helps your spine maintain its natural curve. Sleeping on your stomach flattens the curve, though, putting pressure on your lower back. That pain will follow you around all day. On top of that, hugging your pillow and turning your neck to one side all night means you’re straining that area, too.
You can alleviate some of the stress on your lower back by sleeping with a cushion under your hips to prop yourself up. You can also train yourself to eventually sleep on your side by using pillows to give you the same supportive sensation you get on your belly.
There is one good thing about sleeping on your belly, though: It can help your body digest food more efficiently.
The Back Sleeper
This is the second most popular sleep position, according to the survey mentioned above. Sometimes, this sleep style is compared to a log or a pencil. You might also sleep on your back with your arms behind your head as though you’re looking up at the stars.
It’s a simple way to sleep, but it’s doesn’t mean your personality is dull. Instead, log sleepers tend to make great friends: They’re not only open, but they’re also trusting of others. They excel in social situations, too. If you take on the stargazing position, you’re a great helper and tend to have a happy-go-lucky approach to life.
One of the biggest obstructions to a good night’s sleep is sleep apnea. This occurs when a person’s airway is either entirely or partially blocked. Either way, breathing becomes so hard that they wake up multiple times throughout the night. They tend to wake up in the morning feeling exhausted.
Sleeping on your back is a contributing factor in sleep apnea. It can also cause minor breathing problems while you snooze, so try rolling over if you happen to wake up needing a deep breath.
There is one positive about sleeping on your back: Your skin will stay as pristine as possible. That’s because your skin’s not pushed or pressed and therefore you’re not making any wrinkles while you get your shut-eye.
Catch Zs Your Way
As nighttime closes in, you hop into bed and assume one of the above sleeping positions. No matter what it says about you as a person, one thing is for sure: Your go-to is the comfiest part of your day.