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The sleeping position with your partner talks about the quality of the relationship

The sleeping position with your partner talks about the quality of the relationship

January 19, 2023

The position in which couples sleep in bed and the separation distance between them can be an indicator of the level of happiness and fulfillment that the relationship experiences.

At least that is what emerges from a study led by the American psychologist Richard Wiseman , of the Hertfordshire University (United Kingdom), and whose results were published in the International Science Festival of Edinburgh.

Sleeping posture indicates the quality of your relationship

It seems that our sleeping position could predict a series of factors related to our way of being , as we saw in the previous article "The posture in which you sleep says a lot about your personality". It is also important to remember the 8 serious health consequences of sleeping a few hours: sleep is a basic function for our brain and our body to rest.


Data revealed by the study

Now, this research has managed to get interesting conclusions after examining the habits of more than a thousand people in regard to the quality of the affective relationship and its correlation with certain rest habits:

  • 42% of couples studied tend to sleep with their backs to each other.
  • 31% sleep side by side to the same side.
  • Only 4% of the total rests face to face.
  • 34% sleep while maintaining physical contact.
  • 12% sleep at a distance of less than 2.5 centimeters.
  • 2% sleep with a separation of 75 centimeters or more.

Some curious conclusions

The investigation picks up the legacy of the psychiatrist Samuel Dunkell , who already developed certain concepts and studied the way in which couples develop at the time of sleep and compared it with the degree of happiness of the relationship. He established that Couples who live a more sweet moment and who live the relationship in fullness are those who sleep face to face and maintaining physical contact .


In case they do not touch while resting, a good indicator of the quality of the relationship is that they sleep facing the same side. "93% of couples who sleep in contact reported feeling very happy in the relationship, while the percentage fell to 68% among couples who do not sleep while maintaining physical contact," says Wiseman, who argues that couples who sleep at a distance greater than 75 centimeters expressed their unhappiness in the relationship.

The research also managed to gather interesting conclusions: the people with the highest score in extraversion are those who prefer to sleep close to their partner, while the more creative participants tend to lie on their left side. Dunkell discovered years ago that sleeping on his back was an indicator of self-confidence and extraversion, or that sleeping face-down was a sign of perfectionists. Sleeping cross-legged may indicate that it is a person with a tendency to compromise, and the fetal position is related to indecision, a self-esteem below average and with a certain predisposition to suffer anxiety.



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