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.