The Meaning of Sleeping Positions

A study from BBC News says that the position in which a person sleeps provides valuable insight about the individual’s personality. Professor Chris Idzikowski of the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service studied six common sleeping positions and found that the way people sleep is connected to personality characteristics.

different sleep positions

I’m a cross between the foetus and yearner positions, which according to Idzikowski, means the following:

Foetus
Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

Yearner
People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

The study concluded that the freefall position was the best for digesting food, while the soldier and starfish positions led to snoring and bad sleep most frequently.

To find how what your sleeping pattern says about you, visit the BBC study on sleep positions.

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Learning Polish – Day 36

On Friday evening Carin and I stopped by the Garden State Plaza as she needed to buy a gift for a friends birthday party she was going to the following night, but I told her I would only go as long as I could make a pit stop at the Apple store. So at the mall on the way to the Apple store we stumble upon a Borders.

I try to peruse a Borders or Barnes and Noble whenever I come across one, and this case was no exception. Upon entering I immediately made a bee-line for the computer programming section, as has typically been my practice since I began visiting such places during junior college. I was looking for some sort of book about blog designing with Adobe Photoshop CS 2, but to my dismay couldn’t find anything worthy on the subject. So I abandoned that area and began looking for Carin, who had wondered off to do her own shopping (computer programming isn’t exactly her cup of tea).

Two aisles into my search I came across the foreign languages section. “(Insert Language Here) For Dummies” books were scattered all over the place. French, German, Italian, Spanish, every language you could ever want to learn, except Polish. There was, however, a small assortment of literature on this beast of a language I am attempting to assimilate.

Now, as I already have the Rosetta Stone package for beginning Polish, I wasn’t looking for a sort of slow and steady process. Rather, I figured it was probably a good idea for me to get to using some Polish words already in everyday life, so that while I am slowly learning the language in its entirety from the ground up I can simultaneously start interacting in Polish. The solution: Polish Phrasebook With Two-Way Dictionary from Lonely Planet publishing.

This is an amazing reference guide, made with the English speaking tourist in mind. The book is divided up into countless sections which cover aspects of daily life. In each section is a list of popular words and phrases that are applicable to whatever the topic. The words/phrases are listed in English on the left, then the phonetic in the middle to help English speakers pronounce it in Polish, then the correct Polish spelling on the right.

I’m very pleased with this book, and at $7.99 I think it was a steal of a deal. To end this post, I will illustrate an example of how the book works. This comes from one of the first sections in the book titled “Nationlities.” Remember the English / Phonetic / Polish format.

I’m from the United States. / yes-tem s zye-dno-cho-nih / Jestem z Zjednoczonych.

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Learning Polish – Day 28

So it has been a LONG time since I’ve written an updated one of these posts. Truth be told I’ve been slacking a bit with the Polish learning, but I need to pick it up because Carin’s babcia (grandma) is coming in May and each day that gets closer and closer.

Last night Carin decided to kick my butt in gear. Upon arriving at my house yesterday evening she unexpectedly announced that I would be having a test on my Polish that I have learned up to date; rather, what I had learned weeks ago. I thought OK this would be a good test to see how much I have retained. In my mind I was conjuring up different possibilities for what she could come up with as a test for me, I didn’t anticipate too much difficulty or too many questions.

I was wrong. She pulled out over 70 matching and fill in the blank questions. It was more difficult than I expected because whereas a few weeks ago I could have gotten a perfect or close to, now I was relying on memory and not memorization. When all was said and done I got an 85%. She thought I would do better, I was pleasantly surprised. At any rate this should jump start my Polish learning again so expect more posts of this nature. Also, if I can get the test pages scanned I will post them here.

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