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Apr 15, 2007

Best positions in bed

I`m sorry to disappoint you but I meant the best and most common sleeping positions, and what your sleeping position tells about yourself. It`s not so much about sleeping with the lights on or off, or with music on or off, but whether you sleep on your back, your belly, your side, or in a fetal position for a good night`s sleep.

Sleep experts have found a link between a person`s sleeping position and his personality traits. Preferred sleeping positions, according to sleep experts, are seen as a sort of "subconscious body language that reflects our inner traits."

The fetal position -- It`s when you curl up on your side, holding a pillow. This is the most popular sleeping position. According to sleep experts, the personality of these sleepers tends to be shy and sensitive, though they may present a tough exterior to the world.

MayoClinic.com, meanwhile, says that if you have a problem with your spine, it`s best to sleep on your side with your legs drawn up slightly toward your chest and a pillow between your legs.

The soldier position -- It`s when you sleep flat on your back with arms at your sides. According to experts, those who sleep in this position have a quiet and reserved personality who sets high standards.

If you have low back pain, according to Mayo Clinic, it`s best to lie on your back, and place a pillow under your knees to help maintain the normal curve of your lower back.

The starfish position -- It`s when you`re lying on your back with arms and legs outstretched. If sleep experts are to believed, this indicates a good listener who makes friends easily, but prefers not to be the center of attention.

But both the starfish and soldier sleeping positions are more likely to lead to snoring and an overall bad nights' sleep.

The freefall position -- Flat on your stomach with arms at the head or ears. Indicates a brash and gregarious exterior who may inwardly be nervous and sensitive to criticism. But, the freefall position aids digestion, experts say.

Sleeping on your abdomen can also be hard on your back, says Mayo Clinic. If you can't sleep any other way, reduce the strain on your back by placing a pillow under your pelvis and lower abdomen. This position may be helpful if you have degenerative disease or a herniated disk in the central portion of your spine.

The log position -- It`s when you are on your side with legs outstretched and arms at your sides. Indicates a social, easygoing personality, say sleep experts.

The yearner position -- It`s similar to the log position, but with arms outstretched. Said to indicate a suspicious and cynical personality.

Your preferred sleeping position may be as difficult to change as your personality itself so there`s no need to rush to change to a healthier position. But if you have a persistent back pain and your sleeping position won`t help, you may need to visit a clinic, a chiropractor or a certified massage parlor .

A warning though. On Saipan, be careful with establishments that pose as massage parlors for they may only be front for sleazy businesses. Just to be on the safe side, try massage parlors in hotels, or their spas.

And if you can`t fall asleep after 30 minutes, get out of bed, experts say, and find something to do to help you relax like reading a book (or writing a blog) until you fall asleep. Don`t lie in bed and “try to fall asleep” for hours because this simply creates a more and more stressful situation, making it less likely for you to fall asleep.

11 comments:

The Reveler said...

dog style position - my favorite and when i wake up, i bark.

Anonymous said...

and what do you dream about while sleeping that way?

Anonymous said...

can you sleep with standing position?

Weird Elle said...

It depends. The question is, for how long?

Anonymous said...

did you mean it depends on how long?

Anonymous said...

both ways?

BoReGo said...

Who took the time to watch all these people sleep and where can I apply for that job?

Anonymous said...

to ensure the best sleep, make sure you are tired of something!

Anonymous said...

what's your favorite style weird elle

Weird Elle said...

Me? Favorite sleeping position? The fetal position (before I fall asleep).

But how do we know our 'actual' position when we're already asleep?

Anonymous said...

it is your position when you wake up..

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