The way we sleep can impact a lot of things – our health, our energy levels, even our moods. Plus, it’s no secret that our sleep style and sleep position is an important factor in selecting the perfect mattress… but exactly what leads us to sleep the way we do? Scientists still aren’t totally sure why we sleep the way we do, but extensive sleep studies have uncovered some interesting findings about why and how we sleep. And for men in particular, a sleep style might be a good indicator of deeper elements of personality traits.
As it turns out, the way that we sleep can tell us a lot about men’s personalities in particular, according to Professor Chris Idzikowski, the Director of Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service. Based on his study of a thousand men while they were sleeping, he made a few conclusions about how men slept and what it said about their personality. Here’s what he discovered.
This man sleeps on his side with both arms out in front as if he were trying to grasp something, but they’re not looking for something. They are open to new things, although they can be cynical or suspicious. They’ll take their time deciding what choice to make but once they do, they stick with it and don’t have regrets.
What it means for his health: In terms of health, side-sleeping is great for fending off two things: acid reflux and sleep apnea. If you or a man you know suffers from either of these ailments, adjusting his sleep position might help reduce or eliminate issues with either.
He’s “standing” at attention in his sleep. Sound asleep on his back with his arms by his sides. You may find this guy to be reserved and quiet. He’s not going to make a big deal out of things, but he will set high standards for both himself and the other people in his life.
What it means for his health: Back sleepers like those that assume the Soldier sleep position are at higher risk for snoring and difficulty with sleep apnea, so if either of these are an issue, consider adjusting to either a side or stomach position.
Another back sleeper inviting more snoring and more breathing difficulties, but, personality-wise he’s a great guy. Count on a Starfish – a man who sleeps on his back with both arms up over this head – to be a good listener and a great friend.
What it means for his health: Depending on your physicality, sleeping this way could cause more stress on joints, especially if he’s sleeping with a pillow that is not adequately supporting the head and neck. For this position, make sure that his pillow is soft enough to allow the spine to remain aligned, but not so soft that its not supportive of the neck.
He’s on his side with his arms down by his sides. He sociable and he’s easy going, but he’s so trusting others may take advantage of him. However, he’s chosen a good sleeping position as it may be beneficial for back pain.
What it means for his health: If back pain is an issue, any position that supports and promotes good spinal alignment like this one is great. Just make sure you’re on a bed with the correct firmness level. Too soft and the spine could be out of alignment at the hips – too firm and it could cause painful pressure points.
This man is on his stomach with his hands up and around the pillow and his head turned to one side. You think he’d be able to take it because he’s nervy, extroverted – even brash – but, watch out, he’s thin-skinned and will take your criticism personally.
What it means for his health: Stomach-sleepers are not necessarily at risk for things like back and neck pain, but having the head to the side can cause some neck pain if you’re not careful. To avoid greater issues with spinal alignment, make sure you select a softer pillow that doesn’t prop the head up too high.
This is the most common sleeping position with over 40% of the tested men sleeping this way. The man is curled up on his side and he may be tough on the outside, but he’s really a softy. It may take him some time to warm up to others, but he’s relaxed once he does.
What it means for his health: There are no inherent sleep problems associated with this position, but a mattress that has the right firmness level is key. Depending on weight and overall health, a medium or soft level is usually best – a sleep surface that is too firm could cause painful pressure points and morning aches and pains.
No matter what position you or a man you know sleeps, the importance of selecting the right mattress (and replacing one that is no longer up to the job) cannot be overstated. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, talk to a Brooklyn Bedding Sleep Expert to make sure you’re choosing the right bed for you!