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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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 - Male (Side)

Collections of men lying down as viewed from the side elevation and drawn in detail or as silhouette outlines. Drawings include various positions of men lying on their back or lying on their side that may be useful for providing scale and proportion to drawings of bedrooms or other relaxed environments such as public outdoor parks or beaches.

Drawings of men lying down in multiple postures and positions
Collections of men lying down as viewed from the side elevation and drawn in detail or as silhouette outlines. Drawings include various positions of men lying on their back or lying on their side that may be useful for providing scale to drawings of bedrooms or other relaxed environments.

Drawings of men lying down in multiple postures and positions
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Gender: Male
Poses: Back (straight), side (facing), side (back), back (reading), back (phone)
Clothing Style: Comfortable, relaxed

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

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Semi-Fetal Sleep Position
Two people in Semi-Fetal Sleeping Positions on a Queen Size Bed

The Semi-Fetal Position is a common side sleeping posture in which a sleeper’s knees are casually curled inward toward the chest without being fully curled into the fetal position. A natural posture, the semi-fetal position is often preferred by individuals that have calm and comfortable attitudes. It is estimated that 19% of people sleep in semi-fetal position with 60% of people sleeping on their side in general.

The Semi-Fetal Position is a common side sleeping posture in which a sleeper’s knees are casually curled inward toward the chest without being fully curled into the fetal position. A natural posture, the semi-fetal position is preferred by 19% of people and often associated with calm and comfort.

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Posture (General): Side
Posture (Detail): Knees curled toward chest (loose)
Personality: Comfortable, calm
Percentage Sleepers: 19% Semi-fetal, 60% Side (General)

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Male and female Semi-Fetal Sleeping Position plan (Queen Size Bed), plan (outlines)

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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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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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