Posted on: November 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm
Last updated: November 19, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Sleep; everyone needs it, but there never seems to be enough going around! Throughout time many famous faces have become known for their apparently infamous sleeping demands.


Even Winston Churchill needed a special two-hour nap every day so that he could carry on working through the night. He was well known as a night owl! Or Mariah Carey who apparently has to sleep 15 hours just so her voice’ can sound the way I want it to‘ and with “20 humidifiers around my bed. Basically, it’s like sleeping in a steam room” .

Although many celebrities seem to have odd sleeping patterns or unusual requests, it’s how they are positioned when they sleep that could tell us a lot about their personalities!


Researchers have been discovering more and more that links sleeping positions with your personality traits. Yes! That’s right, the way you lie when you’re asleep could reveal whether you’re shy, confident, gullible and many more characteristics!

One of the earliest forms of sleep position research dates back to 1930 when a man called Johnson monitored the sleeping positions of a few people. His results showed ‘the differences in personality between good and poor sleepers (9) in conjunction with their differences in sleep position’.

So far not many in-depth studies have ben carried out on the correlation between sleeping positions and personality traits. However, in recent years Professor Chris Idizkowski, the director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service analyzed six different sleeping positions.

He found that these different positions could be related to certain personality types! Idzikowski 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.’


So let’s take a look at the six common sleeping positions he analyzed and what they could reveal about your personality!

The Starfish (5%)

The Starfish is one of the least favorite sleeping positions. Only 5% of recorded people in Idizkowski’s studies slept in this position. It involves lying on your back, arms folded behind your pillow with your legs stretched out.

People who snooze in this unconventional style are said to be very loving and caring. They are individuals who consider friendship to be a huge priority and hearing about people’s problems as being a fundamental aspect of friendship. They love to show love and affection. Maybe that’s why they look like they want to hug their pillow all night long!

Freefaller (7%)

Most people don’t understand how others can sleep in this position! How do you breathe? It involves lying on your stomach with your arms folded under your pillow and head to the side.

Even though your head is to the side getting air, surely its still not enough! Unsurprisingly, this position is the second least favorite position out of the six.

Freefaller personalities are playful and full of life. They can sometimes come across as quite loud and brash, but they are the freest spirits most of the time. There is another side to the Freefaller as they can be quite anxious and crave control over situations, being unable to handle criticism well sometimes.

Soldier (8%)

If you sleep on your back and somewhat resemble an extra crispy french fry, when sleeping in the ‘soldier position.’ Arms are straight by your side and legs straight on the bed while lying on your back. Check out how sleeping on your back is the best way to help back and chest pain!

According to The Sleep Health Organization; ‘ Sleeping on your back makes your tongue fall directly back. This can get in the way of your airflow.’ This increases the chance of snoring at night as you’re struggling to intake enough oxygen. Use these great tricks to prevent snoring!

Yearner (13%)

In this position, you are lying on your side with your arms stretched out in front on you, like you are a sleeping zombie. Yearners can be quite cynical and sometimes suspicious of new situations. They can be quite indecisive but when they have made their decision they will keep it.

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The Log (15%)

This position pretty much describes it in the title- you look like a log while you sleep. By lying on your side with your legs stretched out and arms by your side, or folded up by your pillow, with a straight back- it’s the second most popular sleeping position!

People who sleep ‘like a log’ are very trustworthy, almost too trustworthy as they can sometimes come across as being gullible! However, they are also very conversational, getting along with most people. They also prefer to be in the company on the ‘in-crowd,’ being around individuals who are popular like themselves.

Fetal Position

Curled up on your side; looking like a prawn, the fetal position involves your legs being tucked up towards your chest, and your arms almost cuddling them. This is, in fact, one of the most popular sleeping positions!

Your personality may be tough on the outside but soft and marshmallowy on the inside. You can be surprisingly shy and sensitive and also overthink problems that do not need worrying about.

Check out this short video that will show you each sleeping position and explain more about the personality traits and health conditions that accompany them!

Maria Sykes
Team Writer
Marie Sykes is an Ontario based writer with a background in research and a love for holistic wellness. She's especially interested in boosting awareness for women's health issues. Once a shunner of gyms, Marie has found an appreciation for weight training and HIIT circuits. She enjoys trying cuisine from all over the world, and she also enjoys not caring two cents what other people think her body should look like.

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