Your body language in bed
Tatiana Ayazo, Rd.com Your body language can reveal a lot about your personality and your thoughts. But you’ll be surprised to know that your body is communicating even when you’re asleep.
“When you think about it,” observes David Greuner, MD, FACS, FICS of NYC Surgical Associates, “most people spend six or more hours per day sleeping, so of course your sleeping position reveals a lot about you.” And by that, Dr. Gruener is referring not only to your personality but your health. Michelle Robin, DC adds that your sleeping position can also affect your health. “If you remain in a position for hours at a time that puts a kink in your neck, numbs your arm, or hurts your hip, it takes a toll,” she explains, “one that is not merely physical, but also mental and energetic.” The good news is that we can also work with our sleeping positions to get the maximum health benefits from the time we spend sleeping in bed.
Not only can your body language affect your physical health, it can also reflect the relationship between you and your partner. Check out these couple sleeping positions and what they reveal about your relationship.
Curl up like a baby?
Tatiana Ayazo, Rd.com “Many people fall asleep in a side-laying fetal position because it offers them a sense of safety as they doze off,” says Somnium Beds’ mattress designer, Susanne Flother. According to a 2013 Harris Poll survey conducted on behalf of the American Down and Feather Council, it happens to be the most common sleeping position.
“Those who favor the side-lying fetal position tend to be sensitive, but may project a tough exterior,” reported Chris Idzikowski, PhD, who directs the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service (a group that helps UK doctors advise their patients on sleep) when he spoke to the BBC about the body language of sleeping positions. Likewise, Dr. Idzikowski added, fetal sleepers tend to be quite personable, even if they come off as shy upon first meeting people.
More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position. Check out the ways sleep affects your body––no fancy positions required.