Wednesday, June 8, 2016
HOW DO YOU SLEEP?
We all sleep. Some of us sleep more than others. But the way we sleep can be very different. There are many positions to sleep in and each of us favors a particular way more than others. So, for your reading enjoyment, here is a brief rundown of the most popular sleeping positions and some interesting tidbits from various research studies about them.
According to some studies, back sleepers make up only about 8% -10% of snoozers. People who sleep on their backs have the most problems with snoring and sleep apnea, but it is considered the best position for the alleviation of the body's aches and pains. Back sleepers are considered to be quiet, introverted and hold others to high standards.
There are two types of side sleepers, those who sleep with their arms tucked in tight and those who keep their arms stretched out. If you sleep with your arms tucked in tightly you are easy-going and good natured, but may also be stubborn and inflexible, especially if you feel you are right about something. Around 15% of people are side tuckers.
If you sleep on your side with your arms stretched out, you may be more stubborn and cynical, but also curious and open-minded. About 13% of sleepers are side stretchers.
Stomach sleepers crash on their tummies with their faces planted into their pillows. Most stomach sleepers also hug their pillows. This group had the smallest amount of sleepers at 7%, but those who flatten out face- or cheek- first into the pillow are considered outgoing, daring, and adventurous, but they also worry a lot and constantly feel as if they are not able to get caught up on things.
To my surprise, the most popular position by far at over 40% was the fetal position. Fetal sleepers are sensitive and emotional, but can have tough exterior shells. They are also courageous, organized and honest.
There are multiple variations of all of these sleeping positions and experts agree most people sleep in more than one position during the night. But consider that your go-to position for falling asleep may tell you more about your personality than you know.
So, by this point you may be asking, why in the world is Julie Moffett blogging about sleep on a mystery and romantic suspense blog?
The answer is easy. For you writers out there, the next time you write a character and you want to reveal a little bit more about your character, pick a sleep position that matches their characteristics. For readers, now you know what all the sleep positions can reveal about the inner nature of a character. For everyone else, does your sleep position match your personality?
For me ... well, I've been thinking a lot about sleep lately, because I haven't been getting much. Why? Because my next book NO STRINGS ATTACHED is releasing in less than a month (July 4) and I'm on deadline. By the way, I'm a stomach sleeper. How about you?