According to Professor Chris Idzikowski, there are 6 common sleeping positions.
People sleeping in a Foetal position are sensitive and sometimes shy at first sight. It is also a position more common to women. This position can cause problems for the spine, if the neck is not aligned with the spine. Therefore, the pillow needs to be carefully chosen.
It is not only sleeping like a log, but also lying like a log – on the side with arms by the sides. People who sleep in this posture are trusting, social and easy going. Good for the spine. The problems can be insufficient blood flow and pressure on the nerves in the arms.
The yearners sleep on their side with arms in front of themselves. They have difficulty making up their minds and can be suspicious. This position is best for the natural curve of the spine.
Quite amusing is Freefall. People lying on their belly with hands around the pillow with their head on the side. This group of people was described as cocky but nervous too and they don´t like criticism. The Freefall position generally helps the digestive system but can be harmful for the neck and the spine due to the unnatural placement of the head.
The Starfish is when one lies on the back with arms around the pillow. Starfish are popular people as they are good listeners and helpful to others. This position is generally good for the spine and the neck, though the hands behind the head put extra pressure on the shoulders and the joints. It also can increase the risk of acid reflux.
The Soldier is lying on one’s back with arms along the sides. “Soldiers” are quiet people and do not fancy fuss. The Soldier position is generally the healthiest for the back. On the other hand, it leads to snoring and apnea.
And finally, an extra position of Pilot. Nowhere on the bed.
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