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Sleep positions

People sleep in many different ways. There are certain health benefits that come with each sleep position and one might be more suitable for you than others. Apart from these health benefits, there have been studies that suggest that these sleep positions are linked to specific personality traits. It goes even beyond that. In many eastern cultures, there are superstitions that deal with the direction of the bed and person's face while sleeping. For example, it is traditionally believed that during sleep, your head should face north. Here, we look at the six most popular sleeping positions.











Fetus

This is the most common sleep position (about 41% of people) which is especially popular with women. Some people might feel this is an uncomfortable position; but, sleeping on your side with your legs curled up happens to be a fairly comfortable position for majority of people. This is a good sleep position to reduce snoring and while being pregnant. But, it might be a bad choice when it comes to neck and back pain and also maintaining perky breasts. Furthermore, it might restrict your diaphragmatic breathing slightly. It is advised not to try to tuck your body into an extreme curl. In terms of personality, it is said that these sleepers have a relatively tough exterior while being sensitive and somewhat shy.





Log

About 15% of people sleep in this funny sounding position. In this position, one is laying on his/her side with the arms down the side and legs extended straight. This sleep position is good for preventing neck and back pain, reducing snoring and acid reflux, and while being pregnant. It is advised to sleep on your left side, during pregnancy, to promote the blood flow. However, this sleep position might be a bad choice for facial skin as it gets jammed to the pillow. In terms of personality, it is said that these sleepers are sociable and love to engage with all kinds of individuals. Log sleepers are generally more trusting which can make them more gullible compared to others.





Yearner

Base on recent surveys, about 13% of people sleep on their side with their arms stretched out in front of them. This sleep position is similar to the log position in many ways. It is good for preventing neck and back pain, reducing snoring and acid reflux, and while being pregnant. It is advised to sleep on your left side, during pregnancy, to promote the blood flow. However, this sleep position might be a bad choice for facial skin as it gets jammed to the pillow. In terms of personality, it is said that the people who sleep in this position are inviting and very open with others. At the same time, they can be cynical and slow at making decisions. But, once they make up their mind, they are stubborn about their choice.







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Soldier

Surprisingly, only about 8% of people sleep on their back with their arms on the sides. This sleep position is good for skin, preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux and maintaining perky breasts. However, since this is a flat-back position, soldier sleepers have a higher likelihood of snoring. In terms of personality, it has been said that the people who sleep in this position live up to their name. They are generally quiet and take themselves very seriously. Hence, they have high expectations for themselves and others around them.





Freefall

About 7% of sleepers enjoy resting on their stomach with their head turned to either side and their hands kept close to the pillow. Studies suggest that this sleep position is a good choice when it comes to snoring. However, it might not be the best choice when it comes to neck and back pain, skin, and maintaining perky breasts. In terms of personality, it has been said that the people who sleep in this position are free spirits. While being very sociable and outgoing, freefall sleepers are nervous inside and not very comfortable with criticism.





Starfish

Only about 5% of people sleep on their back with arms up around the pillow. This sleep position is similar to the soldier position and is good for skin, preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux and maintaining perky breasts. However, since this is a flat-back position, starfish sleepers have a higher likelihood of snoring. In terms of personality, it has been said that starfish sleepers are not only loyal and helpful friends, but also good listeners. They generally make their friends a priority. Plus, they are uncomfortable being the center of attention.














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