What Your Sleeping Position Says About Your Relationship

Recent psychological research carried out at the Edinburgh International Science Festival discovered an interesting fact: any change in the relationship of a loving couple immediately affects the positions that partners take in their sleep. The most important thing here is not the position in which they cuddle before going to sleep or the one that they take right after they fell asleep. The position they sleep in all night long and wake up in the morning is the only one that really matters.

Inspired by the research of Professor Richard Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire) and the work of psychologist Corinne Sweet, we at Bright Side have decided to create this fun guide to sleeping positions for couples that hopefully will give you a better understanding of your relationship.

  • The ’Honeymoon Hug’ position tends to occur if the couple has just started dating or spent some time apart from each other.
  • The ’Dialogue’ position is very common among those partners who maintain a strong connection between each other but still need to spend more time together and to communicate more often.
  • Both partners sleep on their backs. Usually, one person is laying on their back while the other rests their head on their partner’s shoulder, making him or her the more dependent one.
  • The ’Sweetheart’s Cradle’ position is very common among couples that aren’t afraid to show their feelings. They’re very tender and care a lot about each other.
  • The ’I Cherish You’ position reflects the mutual respect of personal space. Their touching backs are more proof that it’s highly important for them to feel their partner’s presence nearby.
  • The ’Liberty’ position may show that a couple went to bed right after they had a big fight. However, there is an alternative explanation: both partners are probably very independent, self-centered individuals who require a lot of personal space.
  • Partners who tend to spread themselves all over the bed are usually those who feel the need to assert themselves rather than show their feelings to their partner.
  • The ’Spoons’ position indicates harmonious and passionate relationships at the same time. The position is very popular within the first few years of marriage.
  • The partners prefer not to sleep in close contact with each other, but they casually touch each other’s feet. Usually, couples sleeping like this share family harmony and mutual trust.

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