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By CNJ Staff 

Sleep positions show personality


September 2, 2006

CNJ Illustration: Andy DeLisle

A study of sleeping positions found the most common to be the fetus.

The position a person sleeps in can reveal aspects of

personality, according to one study.

Six common sleeping positions were analyzed in a 2003 study by Chris Idzikowski, the director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service.

The Clovis News Journal took his theory to the streets, asking people to describe their personalities and identify their sleeping positions.

All six people surveyed said the study accurately described their personality.


1.) The Fetus: This is the most common sleeping position. Those who curl up in the fetal position are described as tough on the outside, but sensitive at heart.

2.) The Log: People who sleep “like a log” lie on one side with their legs straight and arms down at their sides. These snoozers are easygoing, social people who like being part of the in-crowd and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

3.) The Yearner: Sleepers who lie on one side with arms out front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious or cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely to ever change it.

4.) The Soldier: Those who lie in bed almost at attention, on their backs, arms close at their sides, are generally quiet and reserved. They don’t appreciate fussing, and expect themselves and others to stick to high standards.

5.) The Freefall: These sleepers lie on their stomachs almost as if they fell onto the bed, head turned to one side with hands hugging the pillow. They are commonly gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath. They don’t like criticism or extreme situations.

6.) The Starfish: This is a more relaxed pose, with sleepers on their back holding their arms angled out and up around the pillow. Those who gravitate to this position are good friends because they are attentive listeners and offer help when needed. They generally prefer not to be the center of attention.

Source: BBC News


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