People Sleeping | Sleeping Positions

Sleeping positions refer to the various natural postures that our bodies take on when sleeping. Linked to our unique individual personality types, our sleep patterns and positions are often indicators that can provide insights into a person’s character. While humans engage in all of the assorted sleeping positions at one time or another, the position that feels most comfortable and natural to yourself may reveal a lot about your current health and psyche.

How many calories do you burn sleeping?

Calories burned while sleeping is dependent upon the individuals’ metabolism, weight, and the amount of sleep each night. BMR (basal metabolic rate) accounts for the number of calories burned while at rest; this includes sleeping and sitting. A person weighing 125 pounds is estimated to burn about 38 calories sleeping an hour; multiplied by the recommended seven to nine hours, a potential of 266-342 calories will be burned while sleeping.

How do you get rid of neck pain from sleeping wrong?

To alleviate neck pain from a bad night of sleep, start by letting your head and neck rest in a neutral lying down position. Use a warm compress to boost blood circulation to the affected area. Getting a massage will further help with blood circulation and the stretching of the muscles. Light stretching, such as rolling and squeezing of the shoulder blades, can loosen up a stiff neck.

How do you stop snoring while sleeping?

To prevent snoring while sleeping, lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol near bedtime, alleviating nasal congestion, avoiding sleep deprivation and sleeping on your back, will be initially recommended. A doctor may also suggest the use of oral appliances, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or upper airway surgery.

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Back Sleeping Position
Drawing of a woman and man laying on a Queen Bed in Back Sleeping Position

The Back Sleep Position is a general sleeping posture in which a person sleeps directly on their back with a casual placement of their arms. Less rigid than the soldier sleeping position, the back posture is often associated with healthy bodied people that may have workaholic or entrepreneurial personality traits. It is estimated that 14% of people sleep on their back.

The Back Sleep Position is a posture in which a person sleeps directly on their back with a casual placement of their arms. The back posture is often associated with healthy bodied people that may have workaholic or entrepreneurial traits. It is estimated that 14% of people sleep on their backs.

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Posture (General): Back
Posture (Detail): Supine, straight back, neutral spine and neck
Personality: Healthy body, workaholic, entrepreneurial
Percentage Sleepers: 14%

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Fetal Sleep Position
Drawing of a Queen Bed with a man and woman in Fetal Sleeping Positions

The Fetal Position is a side sleeping posture in which a sleeper’s knees are curled inward toward their chest as if they were a baby in the womb. A comfortable and natural position for the spine, the fetal position is often favored by individuals with a shy and sensitive character. The fetal position has been reported as the preferred sleeping position of an estimated 41% of sleepers—making it the most popular sleep position.

The Fetal Position is a side sleeping posture in which a sleeper’s knees are curled inward toward their chest as if they were a baby in the womb. A comfortable and natural position for the spine, the fetal position is preferred by 41% of sleepers and is often favored by shy and sensitive people.

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Posture (General): Side
Posture (Detail): Knees curled toward chest (tight)
Personality: Shy, sensitive
Percentage Sleepers: 41%

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Starfish Sleep Position
Drawing of a man and woman in a King Size Bed in Starfish Sleeping Positions

The Starfish Sleep Position is a back sleeping posture in which a person sprawls opening on their back with arms above their head and legs stretched outwards. Sleeping in the starfish position is often performed by unique people that are carefree individuals and loyal and supportive friends to others. It is estimated that only 5% of people sleep in the starfish sleeping position.

The Starfish Sleep Position is a back sleeping posture in which a person sprawls opening on their back with arms above their head and legs stretched outwards. Sleeping in the starfish position is often performed by carefree and friendly individuals that account for 5% of sleepers.

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Posture (General): Back
Posture (Detail): Arms and legs stretched out
Personality: Supportive, loyal, unique
Percentage Sleepers: 5%

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Male and female Starfish Sleeping Position plan (King Size Bed), plan (outlines)

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Freefall Sleeping Position
Drawing of two people in Freefall Sleeping Positions on a King Size Bed

The Freefall Sleep Position is a stomach sleeping posture in which a person lays on their front with their arms lifted above and wrapped around their pillow. Sleeping in the freefall position is commonly associated with bold and sociable people that may often have difficulty dealing with feedback and challenging situations. It is estimated that only 7% of people sleep in the freefall sleeping position.

The Freefall Sleep Position is a stomach sleeping posture in which a person lays with their arms lifted above and wrapped around their pillow. The freefall position is often associated with bold and sociable people. It is estimated that only 7% of people sleep in the freefall sleeping position.


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Posture (General): Stomach
Posture (Detail): Hands above near pillow
Personality: Free, sociable, brash
Percentage Sleepers: 7%

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Supine Position
Illustration of a man laying in the Flat | Supine Medical Position from the side

Supine position is a medical position where the patient lays horizontally with face and body facing upwards at a 0° angle of incline. One of the most common medical positions, the supine position is typically used for surgery, while also being useful for treating irregular blood circulation, relaxing the abdomen, and for performing head and neck procedures. Pillows can be used for comfortably resting the head while keeping the neck in a neutral posture. Arms should be placed along the sides or bent towards the center of the body at a 90° angle.

Supine position is a medical position where the patient lays horizontally facing upwards at a 0° angle. One of the most common medical positions, the supine position is typically used for surgery, while also being useful for treating circulation, relaxing, and for head and neck procedures.

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Face: Upwards
Purpose: Surgery, abdominal relaxation, head and neck procedures, blood circulation

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