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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Stomach Sleeping Position
Illustration of a man and woman on a King Bed in Stomach Sleeping Positions

The Stomach Sleep Position is a general sleeping posture in which a person sleeps casually on their stomach with arms and legs approaching the yearner position. Sleeping on the stomach is often an ambitious posture, and may cause unwanted stress and pain to the neck and back areas. While it may seem like a fun and adventurous sleeping position, but may also be an indication of a nervous and anxious individual. The stomach sleep position is estimated to be the preferred sleeping posture for 16% of people.

The Stomach Sleep Position is a general sleeping posture in which a person sleeps casually on their stomach with arms and legs outstretched. Sleeping on the stomach is often an ambitious posture that may cause unwanted stress and pain to the neck and back areas. 16% of people sleep on their stomach.

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Posture (General): Stomach
Posture (Detail): Head turned to side, arms and legs loose
Personality: Nervous, over-sensitive
Percentage Sleepers: 16%

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

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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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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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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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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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