What Kind of Sleeper Are You?
Everyone sleeps a little differently. Some people like a cool bedroom, while others like to maximize their coziness. It’s not just a matter of personal preference, a person’s sleeping style can say a lot about who they are, the sleep that they’re getting, and how they can maximize their time on their mattress. That being said, there is no wrong way to sleep. We’ve asked the experts, scoured the internet, and come up with this handy guide for you to figure out what kind of sleeper you are.
Don’t Rock The Boat (Side Sleepers)
Side sleepers are the second most common sleeping type, with over 20% of those surveyed falling into this category. Side sleepers enjoy many health benefits of sleeping on their side, including reduced chance of apnea (though not as much as stomach sleepers), less acid reflux, and overall rejuvenative sleep. While they may experience some lower back problems, due mainly to the position of their legs, some of this stress can be eliminated by sleeping with a pillow between your legs. Position the pillow between your thighs for maximum effectiveness. Some see side sleepers as easy going, but because of their perch on the side of the bed, try not to jostle them too much or risk having them fall over the side. They wouldn’t be too easy going after that free fall. It’s not a good look for anybody.
The Freefaller (Stomach Sleepers)
Stomach sleepers look like they’ve landed in mid-freefall, with their legs and arms spread out on all sides. This is the least common sleeping type. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you may experience neck and back problems, as well as an increase in acid reflux (as the stomach is compressed while sleeping on your front, it allows acid to release into your throat more easily than the others), it can actually help with problems like sleep apnea. Stomach sleepers are seen as brash, perhaps because they use up so much bedspace. If you’re a stomach sleeper, try mixing things up with a thin, supportive pillow and see if your neck feels any better. It could be a freefall into deep REM sleep that you’ve been looking for.
Like a Baby (The Fetal Position)
By far the most common sleeping position, fetal position sleepers account for over 40% of those surveyed. The fetal position can often be seen as vulnerable, as its a way to comfort yourself and return to the sleeping positions that we utilize in the womb. That being said, fetal position sleepers typically sleep really well, enjoying most of the benefits of a side sleeper, but without the back pain. A fetal position can also be modified easily to a spooning position if you add a partner, which makes them the ideal candidate for sleepovers. That, coupled with the benefits of sleeping on your side, show why it’s no secret as to why the fetal position has become the most popular.
Sturdy and Steady (Back Sleepers)
Back sleepers enjoy the best back and neck health by being fully supported by the mattress at all times. While this can increase their likelihood of experiencing sleep apnea, it does lead to better overall sleep health. Back sleepers sleep like a rock, typically enjoying a firm mattress that can support their back and neck. Often quiet and reserved, back sleepers are great snuggle buddies, just treat them like part of the bed. They won’t mind.
No matter what your sleep type, it’s a great idea to get a full eight hours. Figure out what works best for you, and then stick to it! Good sleep hygiene is so important for your overall health, no matter what position it comes in. Happy sleeping, everybody!