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

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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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Supine position side elevation (man)

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Log Sleeping Position
Illustration of two people in the Log Sleeping Position on a Queen Size Bed

The Log Sleep Position is a sleeping posture in which a person sleeps on their side with their arms and legs extended straight. Though the log sleeping position seems like a very stiff posture, the personalities of people that favor log position are often sociable, trusting, friendly, and trusting. The log sleep position is estimated to be the preferred sleeping posture for 15% of people.

The Log Sleep Position is a sleeping posture in which a person sleeps on their side with straight arms and legs. Though the log sleeping position seems like a very stiff posture, the personalities of the 15% of people that favor log position are often sociable, trusting, friendly, and trusting.

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Posture (General): Side
Posture (Detail): Arms and legs straight
Personality: Sociable, trusting
Percentage Sleepers: 15%

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Male and female Log Sleeping Position plan (Queen Size Bed), plan (outlines)

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Yearner Sleeping Position
Illustration of two people sleeping in Yearner Sleeping Positions on a King Bed

The Yearner Sleep Position is a side sleeping posture in which a person sleeps with their arms and legs stretched outward as if reaching for something. Sleeping in yearner position is often an indication of a personality that is open-minded, but cynical and suspicious. It is estimated that 13% of people sleep in the yearner sleep position.

The Yearner Sleep Position is a side posture in which a person sleeps with their arms and legs reaching outward. Sleeping in yearner position is often an indication of a personality that is open-minded, but suspicious. It is estimated that 13% of people sleep in the yearner position.

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Posture (General): Side
Posture (Detail): Arms reaching to side
Personality: Inviting, open, cynical
Percentage Sleepers: 13%

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

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Lying Down - Female (Side)

Assortment of women lying down as viewed from the side elevation. Poses and postures include variations of women lying on their back or lying on their side that may be useful for including in bedroom drawings or for relaxed outdoor settings such as a park.

Drawings of women lying down in side profile with various poses and positions
Assortment of women lying down as viewed from the side elevation. Poses and postures include variations of women lying on their back or lying on their side that may be useful for including in bedroom drawings or for relaxed outdoor settings such as a park.

Drawings of women lying down in side profile with various poses and positions
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Gender: Female
Poses: Back (straight), side (facing), side (back), back (reading)
Clothing Style: Comfortable, relaxed

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Humans Lying Down - Female Side profile (detail), side (outline)

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