“Tell me how you sleep, and I’ll tell you who you are,” say psychologists and body language experts. In many scientific communities today it is believed that the pose in which a person sleeps can tell us a lot about him or her. By analyzing the posture during sleep, it is possible to study the depths of the sleeper’s psyche, to build his behavioral profile.
Robert Phipps, a British psychologist and expert in body language, conducted a serious study with the participation of about a thousand of his fellow citizens and came to the conclusion that the pose adopted by a person in his sleep can determine how hard or stressful his day was, what emotions he experienced before sleep, how much control over his life, what basic character traits he has, etc.
Our sleeping pose is a reflection of our unconscious. It reflects our real feelings, our life in the real world exactly as it exists in reality, without any disguises, superfluous tinsel and bright, but totally empty wrappings!
Why? The reason is that during the day people control their gestures and movements, but at night, when consciousness falls asleep, the unconscious comes to the fore. Sleeping poses are adopted by people on an unconscious level. Therefore, one’s favorite sleeping position very often reflects the emotions and feelings one had when going to bed.
Through sleep poses, the body and mind continue the dialogue that was started in the evening, when the individual was still awake, but already on an unconscious level.
Our unconscious, unlike the conscious, never lies! It shows a real picture of our inner world, thanks to which we can understand exactly whether we are on the right path or have already turned off it.
What do our sleeping poses tell us? If you want to know the answer to this question, then our article is exactly what you need! Here are 8 sleep postures, the analysis of which will help you to understand your inner world much better and deal with current problems.
The most popular 8 poses during sleep and their interpretation
Depending on the circumstances, a person may change sleeping poses from 25 to 35 times during the night. Therefore, you should pay attention to two positions: the one in which you fell asleep and the one in which you woke up. They best “tell” you about the kind of person you are.
Pose #1: “Embryo” or “Fetus”
“Embryo” or “fetal” position is a sleeping pose reminiscent of a child in the mother’s womb, in which the person sleeping with his or her back rounded and arms bent at the elbow lies on his or her side, with the legs bent at the knees pulled up to the chest.
The person sleeping in this position occupies a small part of the sleeping space. This pose, according to a study by British psychologist Chris Idzikowski, is how most adults sleep.
Some experts argue that this sleeping pose indicates that a person has an acute and pronounced need for safety and protection from the negative influence of environmental factors. A baby in the mother’s womb is reliably protected from the outside world and feels completely safe, so even as an adult each of us, especially after a hard day’s work or an unpleasant conversation, wants to curl up, forget about all the problems and worries and fully feel peace and serenity.
Other experts explain the love of many people to the “embryo” position by the fact that it is the most comfortable and habitual for the physical body, so experts do not see any sense in looking for some hidden or secret meaning (excuse the tautology) in this position. If a person assumes this pose during sleep, it indicates only that he wants to relax, calm down and put his feelings and thoughts in order.
According to some psychologists, if a person constantly falls asleep or wakes up in the “fetal” position, he sometimes behaves indecisively and makes the wrong decisions. As a child, such a person was very dependent on his mother, and in adolescence he was unable to completely separate from her and turn into a self-sufficient, independent and full-fledged person. As an adult, such a person constantly needs the help and support of other people. His self-esteem is almost completely dependent on the opinion of such people.
Many people who sleep in “fetal” pose lead a withdrawn life, have difficulties in interacting with other people, do not integrate well into an already formed group, are anxious with or without reason, and cannot express their emotions and feelings correctly. They can not quickly and easily establish friendship with the person they like, because they (unlike other people) need much more time to build trust and close relationships. But if such a relationship has already been formed, it will be strong, reliable and long-lasting.
If the “fetus” pose is not habitual for you, but lately you are constantly falling asleep or waking up in this position, then some things that are happening in the current period of life make you feel very nervous, anxious, or out of place.
Pose #2: “Soldier” or “Log”
The “soldier” or “log” pose is a sleeping position in which the sleeper lies face up on a straight and tense back with his arms stretched out at the seams and pressed tightly against his body.
From the outside it may seem as if the person is sleeping on a cramped bed between two people or crammed into a tight space. This pose is more often preferred by people who are disciplined, exacting to themselves and to the people around them, quite closed and withdrawn personalities. They can not stand hypocritical, cynical, and condescending communication, violating their personal boundaries.
A person who most often falls asleep or wakes up in a “log” position, behaves very reserved, not prone to verbosity and does not like idle and meaningless chatter. He is used to speaking clearly and concisely. Everything that does not concern the subject of the conversation is for such an individual a waste of personal time.
Individuals who sleep in the “soldier” posture are active and purposeful people of action, not words. They pay no attention to words, but evaluate other people only by their actions. They know very well that words are not bags to sacks, so they judge their neighbors by their actions. Such people never talk about their plans, they do not like to lie, boast, or arouse envy of others. Without further ado, they translate what they have planned into reality and never rest on their laurels.
If you just recently began to fall asleep or wake up in this position, it means that you cannot let go of unfinished business, current problems and worries. You are so bogged down in routine and accustomed to the reality around you that you are ready to jump out of bed at any moment and develop dizzying activity.
The “soldier” pose also indicates that you are very anxious about the important tasks that you have to deal with in the morning. You have such a strong and deep feeling of anxiety that at night you cannot fully rest, relax and recover your inner reserves.
Pose #3: “Royal” or “Starfish”
The “royal” pose or “starfish” pose is a sleeping position in which the sleeper lies face up on his or her back with arms and legs relaxed, slightly spread out, and stretched out along the torso.
Such position on bed indicates that the person is a self-confident person and feels completely safe. Almost in any company such an individual immediately becomes the soul of the company and the first among equals; he feels cozy and comfortable everywhere.
People who sleep in the “starfish” pose have strongly pronounced leadership qualities, are open to everything new, look into the future with optimism, charge those around with their positive energy, and are always ready to help those in need. They never sit in one place, adore traveling and getting acquainted with other cultures. They easily make new acquaintances and easily interact with other people.
A person sleeping in such a relaxed pose has a calm, balanced, persistent character and a heightened level of self-importance. Such a person is always ready to overcome various kinds of difficulties, but in certain situations acts quite aggressively: can act harshly, and sometimes cruelly in relation to other people.
Psychologists say: if until recently you did not like this sleeping pose, and now you constantly fall asleep or wake up in a “royal” pose, it means that your self-esteem from correct and objective transformed into an inadequately inflated. If you once had self-respect for your person, now that self-respect has turned into self-aggrandizement. You constantly show other people your best (from your point of view) qualities and strive for total control over everything that happens around you and all individuals around you.
Sometimes on a subconscious level the “starfish” pose is chosen by those people who are currently experiencing certain situational problems and are faced with the fact that someone at work or in the sphere of interpersonal relations wants to take their place. Why? Falling asleep in bed in a “royal” pose people wants to defend their rightful “territory”, so they spread their arms and legs as wide as possible to signify the space that belongs to them.
In some cases, the “royal” pose indicates that the man or woman feels an incredible burst of energy and strength and is currently on top of success in a particular area.
Pose #4: “Philosopher” or “Dreamer”
The “philosopher” or “dreamer” pose is a sleeping position in which the sleeper lies on his or her back facing upward, with the arms bent at the elbows behind the head.
While awake, people often assume this pose when they need to think about something, find a solution to an important problem or immerse themselves in a world of fantasy.
A person who prefers the pose of a “dreamer” is a rational and calm person who seeks inner harmony and knows very well that all important changes occur inside, not outside. Such people adore having philosophical conversations, quoting ancient sages, pondering the eternal, etc.
People who fall asleep or wake up in the position of a “philosopher” are characterized by a certain slowness in almost all actions. But they always bring brought to an end and never give up their promises. These people can be trusted with a deep secret and do not worry that a couple of days around will be aware of the smallest details of this secret.
Sometimes it is very difficult for such personalities to get acquainted with a person they like and build a trusting relationship with him or her. They look for a long time at a stranger, weigh all the pros and cons, and only after that begin to act. Although the individual who sleeps in a position of “philosopher” is very few friends, but each of them is worth its weight in gold.
If you have recently begun to fall asleep or wake up in this pose, it indicates that you need to deal with your inner world, conduct a certain reassessment of values, reconsider your once set priorities and realize that you, like everyone around you, are going through a continuous and inevitable transformation. What was important and necessary yesterday may be beyond your renewed philosophy of life today.
Don’t be afraid of change in life, for it is part of our daily existence. The earlier you realize that you can’t avoid these changes, the easier it will be for you to figure out which path to follow to achieve the results you need.
Pose #5: “Half Embryo” or “Half Fetus”
The “half embryo” or “half fetus” pose is a sleeping position in which the sleeper lies on his side, his legs slightly bent at the knees, and his arms, slightly bent at the elbows, pressed to his chest or lying under a pillow.
About 30-35% of all people living on our planet fall asleep or wake up in this position. In this pose it is very easy to keep warm and, turning from one side to the other, maneuver in sleep without changing the configuration of the body completely. In the “half-embryo” pose not only the center of the body is well protected, but also the heart, so the person sleeps peacefully, rarely wakes up at night, and in the morning feels awake and rested.
The “semi-embryonic” pose is preferred by open, adequate, communicative and balanced people who have logic and common sense. They try to look at life from a realistic-optimistic point of view, so steadfastly accept any blows of fate and sincerely believe that tomorrow will be much better than yesterday. Such people are easy to make new acquaintances. They feel the soul of the company, not only among close friends or relatives, but also among strangers.
People who fall asleep or wake up in a “half-fetal” position do not seek support or protection from society. They are confident in themselves and in their own abilities. Such people have normal self-esteem and know exactly how they should act in this or that case, so they do not pay any attention to sensible and valuable advice, recommendations and wishes of other people.
If you have only recently begun to give preference to this sleeping position, it indicates that at the present moment in your life, there is a situation to which you need to adapt and adjust as quickly as possible. Only flexibility and calmness will help you choose the right course and achieve your goals.
Pose #6: “Runner” or “Sprinter
The “runner” or “sprinter” pose is a position on bed in which the sleeping person’s legs and arms are turned in different directions: one arm is down, the other arm is up, one leg is bent at the knee but straight at the hip, and the other leg is straight at the knee but turned at the hip. If you look at the sleeping person from the side, you get the impression that he or she is just frozen in motion.
Children and adults, who are characterized by a certain looseness and disorganization, often sleep in the “runner” position. They are constantly running late, do not know how to plan their day and never know what will happen to them next. These are the kind of people who can have breakfast in Berlin and dinner in Amsterdam. Such people are easy-going and never mind having fun in the company of people like them. Very often they start some business, but almost never bring it to its logical conclusion.
A person who falls asleep or wakes up in this position, has a capricious, fickle and unpredictable nature. His behavior depends on his mood: if the individual wakes up in a good mood, everyone around him will receive compliments and smiles, but if his mood in the morning leaves much to be desired, all sorts of reproaches and accusations will fall on others.
If you have only recently begun to give preference to the “runner” pose, it indicates that too many problems have accumulated in your life, which you are in no hurry to solve. If you let everything go on its own, the problems will grow exponentially. You should mentally prepare yourself for not the easiest and most pleasant period in your life, determine the importance and priority of each problem, and then proceed to their decision in order of priority.
Pose #7: “Immensity” or “Invader”
The “immensity” or “invader” pose is a sleeping position in which the sleeper lies on his or her stomach facing sideways and downward with the arms thrown over the head and the legs slightly apart with the feet slightly apart. It is as if the person is trying to embrace the vastness and take over the entire sleeping space.
“Immensity” is the sleeping pose favored by neat, precise, and responsible people. They trying to protect themselves from all kinds of force majeure and other unpleasant surprises and always think through everything to the smallest detail.
People who sleep in this position have an acute need for regulation and total control not only of their own life, but also of the lives of their loved ones. They are never late and hate it when other people are late. If such a person encounters an obstacle in the way of life that suppresses his dominant needs, he will do his best to make the reality around him fully conform to his inner world.
Individuals who fall asleep or wake up in the “invader” pose have a very vulnerable soul, though they try in every way to hide it from strangers. They do not like to share their experiences with strangers or unfamiliar people, almost never talk about what problems they are experiencing at the moment, and do not want anyone to pity them. It’s much easier for them to listen to the person they’re talking to than to open up to them.
If you have recently begun to give preference to this position during sleep, then this indicates that you have already become or very soon will become a victim of chronic fatigue. You need as soon as possible to change the stop and at least for a while to forget about work, home chores, and household problems. Take a vacation and go on a trip, otherwise your life in the near future will turn into a black and white movie, causing no emotions except irritation, apathy and anger.
Pose #8: “Stork” or “Triangle”
The “stork” or “triangle” pose is a sleeping position in which the sleeper lies on his or her side with the arms above the head, and his or her legs, one straight and the other bent at the knee and touching the first, form a kind of triangle.
People who prefer this sleeping pose always want more from life than they already have. They (sparing no effort, nerves and time) chase after something, and having caught it, at first they rejoice, and then they feel even more acutely the lack of something more valuable and important.
Their whole life is a continuous pursuit of the “bird of happiness” and good luck. Such people have a high level of self-criticism and perfectionism. They often forget that nothing perfect in our world exists, so they give up undertakings if any obstacles or difficulties arise on their way.
An individual who falls asleep or wakes up in the “stork” pose has many acquaintances and buddies, but few friends. Such person has heart-to-heart conversations only with trustworthy people who deserve his trust. To all other people, he has an acute sense of mistrust and does not rush to share personal information with them.
If you have only recently begun to give preference to this pose for sleep, it indicates that you are not living the life you dreamed of. You have ceased to enjoy every moment, and your daily existence has become a tedious and burdensome routine. You wake up in the morning thinking that you need to gather your strength to get through another day. “Let the misery begin!” – is the first thought that pops into your head in the morning as soon as you open your eyes.
It’s time to step out of your dubious comfort zone and search for your true path in life. Do not be afraid to experiment and change the established rhythm, otherwise you will not be able to achieve the necessary results. Believe in yourself and your strength. Everything will work out for you!