Friday, 06/23/2023

The Sleeping Body Is A Window To The Mind

We often judge people by their body language. People who stand up straight are thought to be confident. People who hunch over and cross their arms may give off nervous or defensive vibes.

Everyone knows that our bodies can be windows into our minds, but what about our sleeping bodies? Professor Chris Idzikowski surveyed 1,000 British people and found a connection between the way they sleep and their personality.

He identified six main sleep positions and personality types.

The Fetus position is the most common sleep position. 41% of people sleep in this curled-up way. These people appear strong but are actually quite shy and sensitive.

The Log position is the second most common position at 15%. They sleep on their side in a completely straight position with their arms down. Log sleepers are easygoing, social people. They may also be too trusting and easily fooled.

The Yearner position is the third most common position at 13%. These sleepers sleep on their sides with their arms stretched out in front of their body. These people are open-minded but suspicious and cynical. They are not quick to make decisions, and they do not change their opinions easily.

Eight percent of sleepers sleep in the Soldier position. These sleepers sleep on their backs with their arms down at their sides. They are quiet and reserved. They expect a lot of themselves and others.

Seven percent of sleepers sleep in the Freefall position. These sleepers sleep on their stomachs with their hands around or under their pillow. They are extroverted but dislike any criticism.

The Starfish position is the most uncommon at 5%. These sleepers sleep on their backs with their arms up. These people often make good friends because they are good listeners and helpful. They also dislike being the center of attention.

What kind of sleeper are you? A fetus, a log, a yearner, a soldier, a freefaller or a starfish? This sleep personality research is British. Do you think these sleep personality types are true for people in your country or do they miss the mark?


  • hunch over
    bend one's body forward and downward, often seen as a sign of nervousness or defensiveness
  • give off
    to show or express a certain feeling or characteristic without speaking
  • open minded
    willing to consider new ideas and perspectives
  • center of attention
    the main focus or point of interest in a situation or group
  • miss the mark
    to be incorrect or fail to achieve the intended goal or result

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