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How You Sleep Reveals Who You Are

Chris Idzikowski, of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, has linked each of the the six most common sleeping positions to a personality type. He says, "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."

The most common sleep position, used by 41% of the 1,000 people he surveyed, is the "fetus" position. If you sleep all curled up, you're tough on the outside but have a sensitive heart. You're shy when you first meet someone, but you relax later. Twice as many women sleep this way as men.

15% of people sleep in the "log" position, lying down on their backs with both arms by their sides. These people are easygoing, popular, social and trust strangers. They can be gullible, though.

13% are "yearners," who sleep on their side with both arms out in front of them. They have an open nature, but can be suspicious and cynical. They're slow to make up their minds, but once they've made a decision, they stick to it.

"Soldier" sleepers (8% of us) lie on their backs with both arms down at their sides. These people are quiet and reserved and have high standards for themselves and others.

"Freefall" sleepers (7%) lie on their stomachs with both hands around the pillow and their heads to the side. These are friendly, outgoing people but they don't take criticism well.

If you're one of the 5% who are "starfish" sleepers, you lie on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These people are always ready to listen to others and offer help when needed. They don't like to be the center of attention.

Idzikowski says some positions are healthier than others. The "freefall" is good for digestion, while the "starfish" and "soldier" lead to snoring. He says, "Lying down flat means that stomach contents can more readily be worked back up into the mouth, while those who lie on their back may end up snoring and breathing less well during the night. Both these postures may not necessarily awaken the sleeper but could cause a less refreshing night's sleep."

Most people stick to the same position every night?only 5% say they change positions nightly. One arm or leg sticking out from under the covers is very common, followed by both feet sticking out at the end. One in 10 people cover themselves completely with the blanket (including their heads).

To see the 6 basic sleep positions, click here.

There are wonderful adventures to be had, when you travel beyond your body.

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