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What Your Sleeping Positions Say About Who You Really Are 

Erin McCann
Updated February 3, 2020 7.7M views 13 items

When we sleep, some of us curl up and some of us sprawl out. These different sleeping positions may not seem like a big deal, but some people believe the way you sleep reveals your character traits and personalities. Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, believes he discovered the personality traits of sleeping positions after analyzing six different sleep positions among 1,000 survey participants. With regards to his research, he stated, "We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious posture says about us." 

Because it's such an important function, maybe the position you snooze in actually matters. From postures like "The Soldier" to "The Yearner," what does your sleeping position unveil about you? 

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The Yearner: You're Open Yet Cynical
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Photo:  The Sleep Judge/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Those who sleep on their sides with their arms stretched out in front of them are known as yearners or reachers. People who adopt this position are open-minded, inviting, and tend to weigh all options carefully before making a decision. However, once they make a decision, they probably won't regret it or change their minds. Yearners can also be cynical and suspicious, but may experience less problems with acid reflux and sleep apnea than other sleepers.

The Thinker: You're An Emotional Rollercoaster
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Photo:  Eric Hamiter/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

If you sleep on your side with one hand resting under your chin, you might be a thinker (like the famous statue). Thinkers can be tough yet sensitive, with their emotional state always bouncing between the two. They may be adventurous one minute and shy the next. Thinkers are also often vulnerable to emotional hurts and upsets. 

The Stargazer: You're Happy-Go-Lucky
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Photo:  Ferris Bueller's Day Off/Paramount Pictures

Stargazers are the people who fall asleep on their backs with their arms wrapped above or behind their head, as if gazing at the starry night above them. They tend to adopt a happy-go-lucky attitude about life and often make their friendships an important priority. Stargazers can be admirers of beauty, comfort, and freedom, but can be greedy with unrealistic expectations.

The Heron: You're Unpredictable
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Photo:  Back to the Future/Universal Pictures

The heron, often associated more with kung fu than sleep, is a side or stomach sleeper who snoozes with one raised knee. Herons are said to be unpredictable and prone to rapid mood changes. They may find it difficult to make decisions. Herons are drawn to adventure. but thrive in stable and quiet environments.