Do You Know What Your Sleeping Position Says About You?

A woman sleeping in bed

On your side, your stomach or stretched out on your back – in which position do you sleep? And more importantly, what does it say about us as people? The book Sleep Positions: The Night Language of the Body by the sleep expert Dr. Samuel Dunkell really got us interested in the topic. Today, we would like to share with you what we have learned and also tell you what position is best for your body.

1. The side sleeper in the full-fetal position

This side-sleeping position is quite common and visually resembles the position of the embryo in the womb. The knees are drawn up towards the chest, the head is bent forward and the arms are often wrapped around a pillow. This side-sleeping position is often recommended for pregnant women and snorers. People with back and neck problems, on the other hand, should find a position that puts less strain on their back – like sleeping on the back, for instance?

2. The side sleeper in the semi-fetal position

Sleeping on your side in the semi-fetal position is considered to be the best sleeping position. About 60% of people sleep in this position, with their body and legs bent only slightly (in contrast to the full-fetal position).
Did you know that it makes a difference if you sleep on the left or right side? If you have problems with heartburn, you shouldn’t sleep on the right side – this makes your reflux worse. Instead, sleep on your left side: this is not only easier on your stomach, but your heart as well.

3. The stomach sleeper

With your face turned to the side and your arms extended above your head or wrapped around your pillow… for some people, this might be very comfortable. But the fact is that there are very few stomach sleepers. Medically speaking, this sleeping position has both pros and cons: it is better for the digestion, but it does not support the natural curve of your spine.

4. The back sleeper

You lie fully on your back, with your face up toward the ceiling and your arms pinned to your sides: this sleeping position is also known as the “royal” or “soldier” position. According to experts, sleeping on your back is the healthiest position for your spine and neck (of course, only if you don’t use too many pillows!). But one disadvantage of sleeping on your back is that people tend to snore.
One interesting fact is that only children, workaholics and entrepreneurs are often back sleepers.

This is what your sleeping position says about you

No matter what position you sleep in, the most important thing is that you are comfortable and you can get some quality rest. On this note, good night! 🙂


Tina Sturm-Ornezeder Tina loves the written word, avocados & yoga and is very curious. She likes to discover new trends and report on them. View all posts by Tina Sturm-Ornezeder