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What Your Sleeping Position Reveals About Your Health And Relationships According To Science

There’s a science behind how people sleep at night. Some may find it comfortable to sleep on their back, some prefer their side, and others like sleeping on their stomach. People’s sleeping position says a lot about both their personality and their overall health. Sleep habits such as sticking to one side of the bed, how someone sleeps with another person, or lying on a pillow a certain way can determine a lot about a person. So, continue reading to discover if your nightly sleeping routine is healthy.


YOUNGER PEOPLE TEND TO SLEEP ON THEIR BACK

A research study done by Sealy found that people who slept on their backs tended to be between the ages of 25 and 34 and worked in transport or logistics. Those who sleep on their backs will wake up more refreshed, but it can also cause them to snore more.

“When you’re lying on your back, your throat is more narrow, making snoring louder and more frequent,” said SleepScore’s Dr. Breus. Those who choose to sleep on their back should place a pillow behind their knees to support the spine and reduce back pain.


THE “SKYDIVER” ISN’T WHAT IT SEEMS

Someone who sleeps in the skydiver, prone, or freefaller position will lay on their stomach with their head to the side and have their arms wrapped around a pillow. According to the BSC, this position is the most common with Gen X and millennials.

Nectar Sleep explained that a skydiver sleeper will be open, playful, and fun on the outside, but may be anxious and controlling on the inside. Also, these people aren’t afraid to take risks.


SLEEPING IN THE FETAL POSITION IS COMMON

In Britain, professor and sleep expert Chris Idzikowski surveyed nearly 1,000 volunteers to determine if there was any correlation between sleep positions and personality. His research allowed him to uncover some commonalities between subjects.

First, Idzikowski found that the fetal position is the most common sleep position, especially for women. Someone who sleeps in the fetal position may have a shy and sensitive personality. The position might also give someone a sense of safety, especially if they are lacking it in real life.


TIPS FOR SIDE SLEEPERS

While there are many ways to sleep on your side, there are certain things to do while sleeping that can optimize your comfort and health. Chiropractic expert Dr. Robin has a few suggestions.


Those who sleep in the fetal position shouldn’t put their knees all the way up to their chest. It’s helpful to keep a small pillow between your knees to keep your spine aligned. Also, try hugging a pillow between your arms to keep them outstretched. This opens up your chest, lungs, and other airways.


THE BENEFITS OF SLEEPING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BED

While sleeping on the left side of the bed can help with heartburn, sleeping on the right side can actually be beneficial to your heart health. Nazma Parveen, MBBS, explained that sleeping on the right side of the bed doesn’t cause your heart to experience any gravitational pressure.


A survey from Sealy found that people who sleep on the right side of the bed tend to work in transport or manufacturing, are between the ages of 35 and 44, and drink a lot of caffeinated beverages per day.


SLEEPING ON YOUR STOMACH ISN’T IDEAL

There are a lot of things that can go wrong for people who sleep on their stomachs. It can obstruct airways for people with sleep apnea and chronic snoring and puts stress on the lower back and neck.

Sleeping on your stomach can cause your spine to realign, which can give you chronic pain during the day. Dr. Idzikowski says someone who sleeps face down on their stomach tends to be gregarious, yet brash. They also don’t like to be criticized and avoid dangerous situations.

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