What Sleeping Position Are You?

Sleeping positions & Personalities

Professor Chris Idzikowski, a leading sleep expert, has identified six different sleeping positions.

sleeping foetus

The foetus sleepers are gruff people initially but with warm and open hearts. Appear tough but are sensitive to the core. Takes a while to warm up but once he does you’re more relaxed.

log sleeper

The log sleepers are very relaxed and sociable individuals.

yearner sleep

The yearner sleepers are reserved which means they are open to new things but very suspicious and cynical people. Once they make up their mind they stick to it.

starfish fun facts about sleep

The starfish sleepers tend to be very good listeners. Very friendly but don’t like to be the center of attention and prefer others to take the limelight.


The soldier sleepers tend to be quiet and reserved. They set very high standards for themselves.


The freefaller sleepers tend to be confident but have a very nervous personality. Respond badly to criticism. Very good at making quick decisions.

Below are the percentages of most common sleeping positions…

Foetus (Curled up on the side + holding pillow) 41%
Log (Side with legs straight + arms down) 14%
Yearner (Side with legs straight + arms out) 13%
Starfish (On their back with arms + legs out) 5%
Soldier (On their back, legs straight + arms on side) 8%
Freefaller (Face up with head turned + arms on pillow) 7%
Unclassified (Different position every night) 5%

Sleeping positions and health

Professor Chris Idzikowski also believes that the awkward sleep positions we get ourselves into, can have an impact on our health – both good and bad.


Back Positions

Prevents neck and back pain, reduces acid reflux, minimises wrinkles, and helps maintain perky breasts.

However, it is a bad position in terms of snoring.

Starfish: Risk of snoring

Soldier: High risk of snoring


Side Positions

Generally regarded as best for health. Sleeping on the side prevents neck and back pain and also reduces snoring.

Foetus: Most common position; Less snoring; Neck and back pain

Log: Good overall position. Keeps spine in a neutral format

Yearner: Good position for the back disks, muscles and ligaments


Stomach Positions

Best for digestion as lying down flat means that stomach contents can more readily be worked back up into the mouth. However this is also the worst position due to a 90 degree neck angle.

Freefall: Eases snoring, but bad for everything else Puts pressure on joints and muscles, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness and tingling.


Certain personality difficulties associated with the Free-fall position, the position is good for digestion. Starfish and Soldiers are more likely to have a bad night’s sleep and snore.

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