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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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
Lying Down - Female (Side)
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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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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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Male and female Fetal Sleeping Position plan (Queen Size Bed), plan (outlines)

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

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Soldier Sleeping Position
Drawing of two people in Soldier Sleeping Position on a Queen Bed

The Soldier Sleep Position is a general sleeping posture where a person sleeps on their back with their arms directly at their sides—like a soldier. Sleeping in soldier position is often connected with individuals that are strong, silent, structured, and focused in their daily lives. It is estimated that only 8% of people sleep in the soldier sleep position.

The Soldier Sleep Position is a general sleeping posture where a person sleeps on their back with their arms directly at their sides. Sleeping in soldier position is preferred by 8% of people and often linked with individuals that are strong, silent, structured, and focused in their daily lives.

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Posture (General): Back
Posture (Detail): Arms straight down to side
Personality: Strong, silent, focused
Percentage Sleepers: 8%

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Male and female Soldier Sleeping Position plan (Queen 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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