Most psychologists agree that our unconscious body language reveals a lot about our state of mind and even our relationships. But what lessons can we learn from the positions and attitudes we take when we sleep?
Are you a & # 39; soldier & # 39; who sleeps on your back, arms along your body? Or a & # 39; sky diver & # 39; lying on your front, arms outstretched above your head? And what does this say about you?
Although we do not sleep in the same position every night, or wake up in the same place we fell asleep, most of us adopt a favorite. And it can reveal so much about our personality and insecurities, as well as our sexual desires and character strengths.
Our body temperature when going to bed is all the more fascinating because you can't hide anywhere. During the day we can mask the way we really feel. But that all changes when we drift away, while our conscious thoughts fall back and make room for who we really are.
Even uncertainties from childhood experiences can be seen here, especially if something has happened that aggravates those feelings.
So take a look at these pictures to find out which style of sleeping you are and then discover the secrets that this reveals. . .
Body language expert Annabel Knight interpreted a selection of the most common sleeping styles, including the log (pictured)
The second most popular sleeping position is on one side, with your legs straight and your arms along your body.
What it says about you: Log sleepers are generally relaxed, positive people who think the best of others. Cozy by nature, people like being close to you.
Your calm attitude, however, can make you seem gullible.
And while it is good to be easy, it is sometimes crucial to openly express your opinion if you do not want to lie awake, worrying people benefit.
Annabel says that those who sleep in a soldier's style (pictured) are often quiet and reserved, encouraging them to look for opportunities for self-expression
You sleep on your back with your arms straight down at your sides, as if you are in the position.
What it says about you: Soldier sleepers are probably strong, silent types. It is often quiet and reserved, you do not like to wave.
This fairly rigid sleeping position also suggests a love of structure in other parts of your life.
Serious minded, you set high standards, both for yourself and for others. Recording an artistic hobby, where you are encouraged to express yourself more freely, can help you cope with the stress you sometimes put on yourself – and improve the quality of your sleep.
The body language expert says that the position of the starfish (photo) is common among people who are convinced but do not like being the center of attention
You lie on your back with arms and legs outstretched – or your hands behind the pillow.
What it says about you: Although this is the least popular position, those who sleep like this tend to be confident and sociable, but they don't necessarily have to be the center of attention.
This & # 39; open & # 39; position suggests that you listen carefully and often do your best to help friends and family.
However, don't forget to take care of yourself. A little pampering before bedtime will help you sleep better.
A study suggests that the baby sleeping style (pictured) is the most popular of all positions, Annabel advises those who use it to practice mindfulness to dispel racist thoughts
Also known as the & # 39; fetal position & # 39; – you like to sleep curled up on your side, with one or both knees bent and pulled towards your torso.
The most popular of all sleeping positions, a study by the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, showed that about 41 percent of us choose to sleep this way, with twice as many women taking this position as men.
What it says about you: Sleeping with your knees curled up, as you once did in the womb, is instinctive and reassuring – and suggests that although you appear to have a tough appearance, you have a soft center that you feel you need to protect.
A natural worry, you can sometimes have trouble sleeping. Activities that encourage mindfulness such as meditation, yoga and regular exercise can all help to dispel racist thoughts.
Your cautious nature means that it can take some time to trust people and open up to them, but once you do, you are a loving and generous friend.
Annabel says that people who sleep in the heavens (photos & # 39; s) are often very direct and can come across as insensitive
You sleep on your stomach, with your head turned to one side and your hands under the pillow or on both sides of your head.
What it says about you: If you feel comfortable sleeping in this & # 39; freefall & # 39; position, this suggests that you are an open, confident person.
You are probably very direct – which sometimes comes across as brash or insensitive. You can also use your unlocked exterior to mask your uncertainties and need control.
If you feel awake at night with anxiety, try to write down a to-do list the next day before you go to bed. Getting worries on paper can help put them in perspective.
The body language expert believes that people who sleep in the sanitary napkin (photo) can be unbiased and yet cynical
You sleep on your side, but both arms stretch out in front of you, as if you are reaching for something.
What it says about you: People who sleep in this unusual position are probably complex characters – unprejudiced yet cynical.
You can be slow and careful when it comes to decision making, but stubborn once your thoughts are made up.
You have a strong sense of loyalty and you are a reliable friend.
If your indecision sometimes makes it difficult to sleep well, write a list of pros and cons to structure your swirling thoughts.
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