I used to be a champion sleeper. I would hear the kids in the middle of the night (over my husband’s snoring, thus the champion title), tend to their needs, tend to my own (I’ve had three kids—there's no such thing as a full night of rest without a bladdus-interruptus), then fall instantly asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow again.
Those were the days. Now, once my brain wakes, that’s it. Which is totally unfair as I’m pretty sure it sleeps through most of my conscious hours.
|You'll get nothing from me! Mwahaha!|
Uh, that was a little creepy.
I need my Zzzs. Writing on little sleep is like paste without its toothbrush—possible, but stinky. Knowing this probably adds to the difficulty of getting back to sleep, so I flip, I flop, I twist and scrunch, trying to find a nominally comfortable position that doesn’t pinch after a few minutes in the hopes shutting down the body will shut down the mind.
|I don't understand why I'm uncomfortable.|
During one of these midnight stare-at-the-clock sessions, I started to wonder why I could only find comfort in one sleep position. So I went on a fact finding mission—you know how I love those—and was surprised to find that your choice of sleeping position is linked to personality traits.
Sleep curled on your side (known as the Fetus sleeping position)? Most people do, 41% of those surveyed. You curlers are described as tough on the outside, but gooey at your center (okay, not gooey—shy and sensitive). You take time to warm up to new people, but once you relax you’re quite trusting and easy-going.
Out of nowhere I’ve started sleeping on my back—a position I NEVER used to sleep in. What does that mean?!
According to this study, I’m quiet and reserved.
Anyway, back sleepers usually don’t like to make a big deal of things or to be in the limelight. They’re described as great listeners and even better friends.
Okay. Clearly, I need to go back to sleeping on my stomach.
How about you? Is this survey accurate? Since I fall asleep in one position and wake in another, I must have some serious issues to work through.