Sleeping Positions and What They Mean

Posted by jean on 13 May 09

Studies have shown that sleeping positions can give an insight to what a person’s personality might be. There are found to be six common sleeping positions and each characterizes a particular personality type or meaning.


The Foetus position is the most common sleeping position adopted by 41% of sleepers. Those who sleep in this position appear tough but are really sensitive at heart. They may be cautious at first meeting but will soon warm up.

People who sleep lying to the side with both arms down, also known as the Log Position, are easy going and sociable people, but may sometimes be too gullible.

The Yearners sleep on their side with both arms out in front and are believed to have an open nature, but can be suspicious or cynical at times. They will often be slow in making decisions but once they have, will never change it.

Those who sleep lying flat on their back with both arms to the sides, the Soldier position, are typically quiet and have a rather reserved nature. They don’t like to fuss and tend to set high standards for themselves and people around them.

One of the less popular positions is the Freefall position, where sleepers lie down on their front with their hands around the pillow. These are usually the gregarious and brash type, who are sometimes thin-skinned beneath, and do not like criticism.

The Starfish sleep lying on their back with both arms up around the pillow. This is the rarest position, only 5% of sleepers adopt this position. They are friendly people who make great listeners and are always ready to help others in need. However, they are often shy and do not like to be the centre of attention.

Some of these positions may seem weird and awkward to us but are really just part of our subconscious body language. So… what’s your position?

(Based on studies by Professor Chris Idzikowski, Director of the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service)

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11 comments for “Sleeping Positions and What They Mean”


I’m having combination of several positions, that explain the mixed personalities :p

May 13th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Me too. I’m a foetal-starfish. Strange..

May 14th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

i sleep in a different position every night but my main position is sleeping with one leg bent
i cant find the meaning of this position any where

May 26th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Never thought there was a psychological meaning behind sleeping postions. I’m a foetus-yearner.

July 13th, 2009 at 4:35 am

Strange but interesting, isn’t it.. :)

July 15th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

how come that they are so real! everything written in here is true! I’m freefall!

October 1st, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I’m a freefaller! I tuck one arm under my pillow though to support my head and neck.

March 24th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Im a soldier sometime
but most of the time im a yearner,,,,
some of the discription are quit true
for me…

October 30th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I sleep with one leg bent and the other straight and my one arm strechted straight and the other bent under my chin… So I don’t know what Iam

January 6th, 2012 at 3:34 am

i forced myself a soldier to avoid awkward cramps and aches in the morning, what does that make me?

January 27th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I do all of them except the log. O_o what does that mean??

February 20th, 2013 at 12:50 am

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