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Is Sleep Position Connected With Your Personality?

By Stephen R. Farris

Did you know the way you sleep -- the position that is -- says a lot about your personality? In reality, there's partial truth to this as indicated by a study done by the Better Sleep Council. According to the BSC, one of the study groups were pretty much on target, tying their sleep position to personality type. However, another group studied showed to be off the mark when comparing sleep position and personality type.

There are several basic sleeping positions we all seem to use more often than others. For instance, people who sleep in the fetal position are usually women. Most people sleeping in this position -- according to the study -- tend to be shy and more sensitive.

If you sleep on your side with your arm above your head, you tend to be more open-minded with a hint of mystery.

But all of these findings could just be coincidental, with no true merit that sleep position and personality traits are even related. However, when it comes to reducing back pain, a few of these positions -- and others -- are recommended.

Sleeping on Your Side

While you may still be mysterious, sleeping on your side has benefits such as reducing snoring and improving digestion. You could also get relief from lower back pain and help keep your spine aligned better.

Sleeping on Your Tummy

Sleeping on your tummy has limited benefits, especially in the area of snoring and sleep apnea. It helps, but this position can cause undue strain on the neck and back, which can be painful when you get up the next morning or night, depending on your sleep and rise time.

Back Sleeping

This position is often recommended for infants as it can lower the risk of sudden death syndrome, but it's not always a good thing for adults. If you suffer from sleep apnea it could increase the chances of obstructing your airways. Back sleeping can also increase lower back pain.

If you have problems finding the best position to sleep in, you might also consider taking a look at the mattress you're sleeping on and the type of pillow you use as these can also contribute to tossing and turning and sleepless nights. 

If you have questions about sleep or any pain you may be experiencing in your back, neck, and joints, talk with your local chiropractor to hear what advice and suggestions they may have to get you back on track.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Burnsville, Minn.

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