9 Sleeping Positions Meaning

By on November 28, 2015

Sleep, glorious sleep. I don’t know about you, but I could probably sleep for at least 12 hours out of the 24 hour day. I love it! But did you know that there’s actually a lot more to your sleeping position than just comfort? Your sleeping position actually tells a lot about your personality. Take a look at these 9 different sleeping positions and their meanings- is it true for you and your preferred position?


1. Fetal Position
The ‘fetal position’ is undoubtedly the most common sleeping position, used by a whopping 41% of the population. In this particular position, the person lays on their side with their legs bent up and in towards the stomach with the arms resting together at the side (or maybe one arm is placed underneath the pillow). This curled up position has been proven to be used by individuals who have a rough and tough exterior but have a rather sensitive, emotional side on the inside. They are also a bit shy at first but can quickly warm up to those around them.
2. Log Position
Used by around 15% of the population, the ‘log position’ is performed when an individual lays completely straight on one side of their body. People who use this particular sleeping position have been said to have a trusting and outgoing personality. As this is a rather rigid sleeping position, it may be surprising to find out that they love to be social and hang out in crowds, always taking life in a free and easy-going manner.

3. Yearner Position
With legs slightly bent and head and arms resting to the side, the ‘yearner position’ is a comfortable variation of the ever-popular fetal position. In this position, arms are typically extended out as if the individual were attempting to reach for something. People who sleep in this way are usually open and free, however they can be suspicious at times. They also have a hard time making up their mind and coming to a decision, but once they do, they are rarely swayed from their choice.
4. Soldier Position
In the ‘soldier position’, the individual will sleep on their back with the arms completely flat on either side of them. This rigid position is preferred by those who have a quiet and reserved personality. They are also known to be the individuals that set incredibly high standards for themselves and refuse to settle for less. They’re even said to set high standards for everyone around them as well, which may make them seem a little bit controlling or over-achieving.

5. Freefall Position
The ‘freefall position’ is described as someone who basically jumps and falls into their bed, landing on their stomach with their head turned to the side. Their arms typically hold the pillow or will rest on either side of the head while the legs dangle freely. People who like to sleep in the freefall position are noted as being extroverts with a rather impulsive behavior. They don’t think before they act and hate to be criticized by others.
6. Starfish Position
Unlike the soldier position, the ‘starfish position’ is performed when an individual lays on their back but their arms and legs are spread out to the side and relaxed. A person who enjoys sleeping in the starfish position is often very helpful and a great listener to everyone around them. They prefer small groups and don’t like to be the center of attention and are often said to be the best type of friend to have.
7. Solider-Starfish
The hybrid position known as ‘solider-starfish’ is done when an individual sleeps on their but they don’t have super rigid arms and legs like the soldier, but don’t sprawl out across the bed like a starfish. They sleep on their back but their arms and legs are in different positions, however it may be comfortable to the individual. Someone who sleeps in this hybrid position is thought to be an easy going individual, although they can be easily influenced and persuaded by those around them.
8. Pillow Hugger
Pillow hugger isn’t technically a sleep position, but rather a sleep addition that can tell a lot about your personality. Someone who prefers to sleep holding a pillow believes friendships and relationships are incredibly important and holds their loved ones very high in their life. They also love to please those around them, making sure everyone is happy and content before worrying about themselves.
9. Undecided
Some people (and I am definitely one of them!) can’t choose a single sleeping position throughout the night. They often change between sleeping positions each night, and sometimes change their position several times throughout a single night. Someone who can’t stick to one particular sleeping position is known as an undecided sleeper, and are distracted easily. They are also said to be individuals who are stressed out often or confused about something going on in their life. Some research has even come to the conclusion that an undecided sleeper has a fear of commitment and can’t stay in relationships for long periods of time.

There’s so much more to sleep than just getting a good nights rest. After reading through this list, do you think researchers were correct? We would love to hear from you! Please let us know which sleeping position is your preferred sleeping position and whether or not the researchers were right about your personality traits.


  1. James

    October 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    The best sleeping position for me is belly up.

    • web admin

      web admin

      October 10, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I’m a side sleeper myself, but I will switch to back sleeping if my sides get tired. Thanks for commenting, James!

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