Couple Sleeping Positions and What They Mean

There are as many different ways to sleep as there are sleepers, and like a good foam mattress imprint, they all say something about who you are. According to a recent HuffPo article, people who sleep on their backs tend to be reliable and strong, while stomach sleepers are outgoing and fun. So what happens when you and your partner couple up? What do these sleeping styles say about you? Do you have harmony on top of your good foam mattress, or is there some underlying issues that need to be discussed. We at Nectar took the plunge on what your couples sleep style says about you, and what it means for your life.

Sleeping styles are an unconscious act, which makes this element of couples psychology especially interesting. There is no right or wrong here, so don’t worry, but it’s a fun way to see how couples dynamics can play out at night, psychology on a good foam mattress. And as for what mattress that should be? The choice, as always is Nectar. Our breathing base level is the foundation of a good foam mattress that will last you a lifetime. We back that with a forever warranty. So without further ado, here’s what your sleeping style says about you and your partner.

Two Loose Spoons

This is a take on the typical, spooning position with one partner tucked inside the other (typically dubbed “little” and “big” spoon). As a couple becomes more confident in their relationship and mature, the spoons tend to drift, which offers the best sleep quality (who can sleep with someone breathing right in their ear?) It’s a nice way for the big spoon to reassure the little spoon, giving literal meaning to the phrase, “I’ve got your back.”

Chased Down

This is similar to spooning, but with one partner pushed to one side of the bed, with the other pushed up against them in a spooning-type position, with their arms around their partner’s torso. Typically this could mean that the person who has pushed themselves to the side of the bed wants to be chased, and the close spooner acting as the chaser. This is fine, but occasionally can also read as a cry for space from the person who has retreated. Samuel Dunkell, the author of Sleep Positions, Night Language of the Body also calls this “illegal spooning.”

Maybe your sleeping position has something to do with how you and your significant other sleep? Find out your specific sleep postion and what it means for your sleep health. 

The Tangle

Typically this is after an emotional encounter, physical or otherwise. Both partners sleep on their sides, facing each other, locked in an embrace of arms and legs. This definitely doesn’t lead to optimal sleep, even on a good foam mattress like Nectar, and is often the signal of a new relationship. Neither of you want to leave the other’s arms, which is great, but it can also lead to a lot of arms that have fallen asleep or waking up in the middle of the night.

Don’t fret if you haven’t found you and your partner’s sleeping style yet, we plan on continuing this blog as a series. As always, check out the Nectar blog for tips, tricks, and advice on how to get the best sleep. Hint: It always starts with a good foam mattress, and for that we recommend a Nectar.

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