- Foetus Position- Those who curl up in the foetus position
These people are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This Fetal position of sleeping is adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey, and is the most common. It is also common in twice as many women than men.
- Log Position- Lying on your side with both arms down by your side
These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. These log sleeping people may be gullible as well.
- Yearner Position- People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front
These people are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious and cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.
- Soldier Position- Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides.
People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss and they have high standards for themselves. The study showed that this positions is likely to lead to snoring while you sleep and caused a bad night of sleep.
- Freefall Position- Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side.
These people have a personality towards being gregarious and brash, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath. They dislike criticism, or extreme situations. Professor Idzikowski concluded that the freefall position was good for digestion.
- Starfish Position- Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow.
These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention. The study also showed that the starfish positions can make you snore more and therefore lead to bad night of sleep.
Professor Idzikowski said "Lying down flat means that stomach contents can more readily be worked back up into the mouth, while those who lie on their back may end up snoring and breathing less well during the night. "Both these postures may not necessarily awaken the sleeper but could cause a less refreshing night's sleep."
Finally, The research showed that most people are unlikely to change their sleeping position. Just 5% said they sleep in a different position every night.