If you sleep with a partner — like, sleep-sleep, I mean, in bed, with your eyes closed — do you spoon each other? Face one another without touching? Sleep with your backs to each other? In another one of those super scientific studies — this one conducted by Travelodge, of all things — researchers pinpointed exactly what different sleep positions say about people’s love lives. Keep reading to see where you and your partner stacked (and singletons, you aren’t safe from this study either…).
THE MOST POPULAR SLEEPING POSITIONS AND WHAT THEY MEAN
1. LIBERTY: Back to back but not touching (28%)
This couple feel connected whilst independent enough to sleep separately. They are used to each other and accept each other’s sleeping habits.
2. CHERISH: Back to back but touching (18%)
This couple are comfortable, intimate and relaxed with each other. A popular position in a new relationship.
3. SPOONS (MALE): Male spoons with the female on the inside (13%)
This is a traditional position, in which the male takes the lead and protects his lover. Couples sleep side-by-side each curled up with each other in the foetal position. Traditional spooning is the most common position adopted by couples during the first few years of their relationship or marriage. It shows both a strong sexuality and feeling of security in the relationship
4. PILLOW TALK: Face to face (7%)
This position represents an intimate need for one-to-one contact and conversation in bed.
5. LOVERS KNOT: Face to face, legs intertwined for 10 minutes then couples separate to sleep (8%)
This position demonstrates a loving independence, it’s a sign of intimacy, love and sexual activity – even though the couple separate and sleep apart.
6. SPOONS (FEMALE): Spoons with the female on the outside (5%)
In this position the female takes the lead and protects her man while he is sleeping.
7. THE LOVERS: Face to face with legs intertwined all night (4%)
This is love’s young dream position where you cannot bear to be separated as each moment together counts. A position for the born romantics.
8. THE ROMANTIC: Woman lying with head and arm on man’s chest (1%)
This is the popular Hollywood movie bed scene position. An intimate pose much favoured in a new relationship or after love making. It represents new / rekindled love.
9. SUPERWOMAN: Woman lying in star fish position with man hanging off the bed (1%)
The woman rules the bed in this position, she likes her space and the man takes a secondary role and lets her take it.
10. SUPERMAN: Man lying in star fish position with woman hanging off the bed (1%)
In this position the male is king of the bed, he likes to have his way and the female is happy to oblige.
Is anyone else bothered by the phrases “starfish position” and “hanging off the bed”? People, if you are literally hanging off the bed while your partner is hogging the whole thing, I hope you don’t need Travelodge to tell you you have problems in paradise.
Single friends, here’s how “research” says your sleep patterns reflect your love lives:
AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT SLEEP ALONE?
Symbolically curled positions in sleep mean ‘I want to trust others and feel safe’.
Bodies stretched out in sleep mean ‘I want to take charge and experience adventure’.
Hands curled inwards mean “I want to cuddle and connect’.
Hands wrapped around a pillow can indicate a cuddly nature. If hands and/or arms are held, or pressed tightly, or straight down at the sides it means ‘I want to be alone’.
Sleeping on your stomach temporarily typically shows you are anxious or feel things are out of control and need to protect the vulnerable front of your body.
An individual who always sleeps on his/her stomach but with arms bent and hands up around the head in a crown position is showing she/he is persistent, goal oriented, compulsive and stubborn.
Remember, this is all super scientific. Travelodge would not lie!
[via Daily Mail]