They say you are what you eat but what does your favorite sleep position say about you? Most people have a “go to” sleep position each night … mine is on my left side, fetal position, curled up in my blankets nice and tight. Are you a log? A starfish? A soldier?
Research suggests that our beloved sleep position can provide clues to our personalities … and even a glimpse into our mental and physical state-of-being. According to The Better Sleep Council (www.bettersleep.org), there are six common sleep positions:
A whopping 41% of participants sleep in this curled-up “fetal” manner. Women are twice as likely to rest like this and it is listed as the most common position. These sleepers are said to have a tough exterior but are still sensitive and may appear to be shy but warm up quickly.
A close third, or 13% of those polled, sleep in this side-lying position with both arms out in front of the body. Yearners are noted to be open-minded and still cynical, suspicious and stubborn about sticking to decisions once they are made.
These sleepers lie on their backs with arms down and kept close to the body. In the study, soldiers made up 8% and were said to be reserved, quiet, without fuss and hold themselves and others to a high standard. Soldier sleepers have a higher likelihood for snoring due to the flat-back position, which may not cause them to wake up often but may result in a less restful night’s sleep.
Those people who lie on their bellies with arms under or wrapped around a pillow with head turned to the side, make up 7% of the population studied. Freefallers are brash, outgoing and are very uncomfortable with criticism.
Sleepers who lie on their backs with arms up near their head or the pillow account for 5% of participants. These people are good listeners, helpful and are uncomfortable being the center of attention. People who sleep in starfish position are more likely to snore and to suffer from a poor night’s sleep more often.
Hmmm … so if I let my sleep position define me, I have a “tough exterior but am still sensitive and may appear to be shy but warm up quickly”. This might not be so far off (at times, anyway). So, how do our sleep positions fit in to our finding the right mattress?
Did you know that CozyPure® natural latex mattresses have a unique 5-zone core for proper support? Even though some of our sleep positions are what comforts us, they may not be the best for our lower backs, necks and spines. What’s worse is that they could actually do more harm than good.
With CozyPures’s® 5-zone system, however, each “body zone” is given the correct amount of support. Zoning works by providing more density (firmness) where you need it most (center of the bed) since 70% of our body weight lies in the middle of the bed. CozyPure’s® lateral zones, which are symmetrical so the head and foot are the same, and the shoulder and lower-leg zones are the same, with the large middle section in the center of the mattress acting as the most expansive zone. This allows for easy rotation of your mattress keeping the more critical zones in-tact (shoulder area and mid-section). For more info, visit www.cozypure.com/natural-latex-5-zone-core?chapter=5
So, sleep comfortably, starfish. Rest easy, yearner. CozyPure’s® got your back. And, neck. And, spine. And, zzzzzz