Anyone who has ever fallen asleep next to a significant other can understand how personal it can really get. The interesting thing is that sleep positioning can reveal psychological truths about where the relationship stands and where it is likely to lead.
The Times of India lists six different sleeping styles that have psychologically different meanings:
- In each other’s arms : This is a sign that the couple is new to each other, but rarely do couples continue to sleep in each other’s arms longer than a year.
- Looks like spoons: This is where partners face the same direction and lie on the same side — one behind the other. This demonstrates intimacy and affection.
- Apart, but under the same blanket: Despite the fact that this duo is not touching, this sleeping style resembles comfortability in the relationship — that they can be separated, but still confident in one another.
- Arm around the other: This one differs depending on who has the arm around the other. For men it demonstrates protection and for women it demonstrates nurturing.
- Bottoms touching: This paired sleeping style represents a couple who wants to sleep separately and face the opposite direction — still, it demonstrates that they want to stay connected. Bottoms touching shows intimacy, and also shows security in their own space.
- “Move over”: This is when when one of the individual’s in a relationship moves the other over, taking up a bigger portion of the bed. This usually happens in ‘deep sleep’, but represents an imbalance of power in the relationship.
Most of these sleeping positions reveal positive characteristics about relationships — as they should. Sleeping with a partner is usually a very personal experience and has in more intrinsic value than the idea of simply dozing off next to someone. Sleeping positions can be a solid reflection of how a couple truly feels about each other, but it is speculative, not all relationships are the same. Some couples don’t even sleep in the same bed.