There's more to sleep than resting, and it also dictates how you behave in everyday life. Believe it or not, sleeping postures say a lot about the kind of personality you exhibit consciously or subconsciously. If you're aware of how you sleep, this guide may find you correlating to some personality traits unique to how you sleep. While there are three major sleep orientations- back, side, and abdominal, there is more to your sleeping orientations influencing your personality. Most people stick to one or two (second occasionally) sleeping orientations, and they affect how you behave and work to some level in your life.
Sleeping on the side is the most common and go-to position for most people, followed by sleeping on the back and then the stomach. While dreams are a debatable section on what they mean or don't, there are some psychological cues one can pick up from your sleeping position. Here are the different sleeping positions and how each affects your personality:
Different sleep orientations and how they influence your personality:
- Log roller: The log roller position is one where a person would sleep on their side. The arms would fall naturally to either side, and a log roller would have both legs in a taught position resembling a log. This side sleeping position is ideal for people with pinched nerves and suitable for neck and back posture neutrality. The ideal mattress for a side sleeping person or, specifically, leg roller would be a medium-firm or medium-soft mattress. Thus, you would have a low probability of waking up in an awkward position or feeling numb in different body areas. People sleeping in the log roller position tend to be at peace in sleep yet active enough to sleep in a fixed posture. In waking life, a log roller would have a calm demeanor and most likely socially active. The log-like posture is also indicative of people who believe in themselves, often leading to positive self-beliefs. Although significantly fewer people sleep naturally in the log roller position, it is beneficial for your health and internal organs, especially if you sleep on your left. As a socially active person, you are primarily carefree in your circles and probably famous. Log rollers are naturally comfortable with their legs and back in a neutral yet straight orientation, indicating comfort in that position. This position also means that they're fit and healthy enough to sleep in a log roller position with less abdominal or thigh fat and need a mattress for support rather than comfort. A dual comfort medium-firm and medium-soft or an innerspring pocket coil mattress with a medium-firm surface would be ideal for a log roller.
- Yearning Dreamer: Similar to a log roller, a 'yearning dreamer' sleeps with their arms extended in front of them while sleeping on the side. The sleeping position of a yearning dreamer relies on side sleeping. The stretched-out, relaxed arms in sleep give the appearance of someone reaching out for something in their dreams. A yearning dreamer tends to be more open-minded and cynical simultaneously, and this contradicting part of their personality leads to slower decision-making. The arms stretched out in a yearning dreamer indicate their aims in life are deeply integrated even in their subconscious. The straightforward yet relaxed log-like posture also means they're focused once they're firm in their decisions. As a yearning dreamer stays neutral in their side sleeping posture, they're best suited for mattresses and pillows that allow more comfort. Like in the case of a log roller, a medium-firm or medium-soft mattress is ideal for a yearning dreamer. A medium-firm soft pillow and a more relaxed sleeping environment is the best place for a yearning dreamer to find themselves at peace in.
- Baby: The baby or a fetal position is one of the most common and comfortable positions people prefer to sleep in worldwide. A majority of the people tend to sleep in a baby-like or fetal position because that's how their life started in the first place. The fetal position is a signature of people sleeping on their side with their legs curled towards their chest/abdomen. Moreover, the fetal or baby position is also one of the healthiest and most comfortable ways to sleep in, based on science. Sleeping on your side, you pull up your legs towards your chest, which means less stress on your lower back, and improved blood circulation. People who tend to sleep on their left side in any side-posture like the baby, yearning dreamer, or log roller enjoy the benefits to their internal organs. Additionally, people are ideally more comfortable in a fetal position because of the subconscious benefit of being more guarded. People sleeping in a fetal or baby position can be shy but open and talk more comfortably once they're comfortable. The fetal position is also beneficial for pregnancy as it boosts blood flow and even better if sleeping on the left-hand side. So, although people may sleep in a fetal position by default, it is the most natural position one can enjoy. Like other side sleeping positions, the fetal or baby position also needs a medium-firm, firm, or medium-soft position. These mattress configurations support the spine and shoulders properly when sleeping on the side and even help relieve pressure efficiently.
- Sleepy soldier: People also tend to sleep on their backs in a relaxed yet wound-up posture- arms pointing downwards, and the body resembles a standing soldier. This position shows that the person is serious about their lifestyle and tiny details. Much like a soldier, people who tend to sleep in this posture uphold themselves in absolute morals and expect others around them to follow suit. High standards, strict routines, and attention to detail may be the most noticeable features of people in a sleepy soldier position. These people tend to avoid overthinking yet are silent, strong, and avoid getting into confusing social and professional scenarios. The sleepy soldier posture means that the person also has an inclination to sleep on their back and shoulders to be alert yet comfortable. While most people may prefer sleeping on the side in different positions, sleepy soldiers wouldn't budge from their sleeping position. The same fact also influences their life decisions as they may be more confident and stricter in carrying themselves. The sleepy soldier position is ideal for overweight or muscular people alike, as it removes the pressure from your shoulders and spine. With a firm or medium-firm mattress combined with a medium-firm pillow, this position is healthy in the long term. Moreover, the sleepy soldier is ideal for people suffering from acid reflux or slower digestion, as it relies on your body's biomechanics to avoid any escalation or discomfort. If you're overweight or obese, it would be better to switch to either side to prevent sleep apnea, snoring, other sleep disorders, and enhancing sleep quality. A Bonnell coil mattress with a firm or medium-firm surface or a range of orthopedic mattresses would be ideal for the sleepy soldier in you. This posture helps take off the pressure from your spine and puts it in its horizontal natural S-shape, with the mattress doing most of the supportive work. Hybrid innerspring mattresses or a medium-firm latex foam mattress is just as comfortable for a sleepy soldier.
- Shooting star: In the shooting star sleeping position, in addition to sleeping on the back, the legs are more stretched out, and the arms are stretched out over the head. The shooting star is characteristic of people who are more open to their life perception and social circles. Because of these characteristics, people have a unique style and personality in social circles. The shooting star's sleeping position also indicates that these people prefer to aim for the stars. They are stars of their social circles with great loyalty, and being social is on top of their priorities. Shooting stars also help people aspire for better and have a shining and vibrant personality to go along with it. Although this position is the best option for people with an average weight, it helps disperse heat from your feet and hands more efficiently due to increased blood circulation. Like other back-oriented sleeping postures, the shooting star sleeping position isn't the best for snoring, acid reflux, sleep apnea, and overweight-linked sleep disorders. The best mattress for this back-focused position is with a soft or medium-soft pillow and a firm or medium-firm mattress. Latex foam and innerspring mattresses with these configurations also help you stay calm and relaxed.
- Sky Diver/free faller: The skydiver falls flat on their stomach on their bed, although abdominal isn't the best position to sleep in. The skydiver or free faller has their arms either spread out wide or clutching the pillow while on their stomach. With the head on either side and the arms in different positions, it signifies they're open to change and more playful in life. Skydivers or freefall sleeping positions have an extrovert personality and exhibit wild, fun-loving behaviors that can be impulsive. However, similar to how often such a position would require one to switch their orientation, it indicates they're just as free in their waking life. Moreover, these behaviors also indicate that skydivers are more risk takers than other people and are much more impulsive when making important decisions. Because skydivers sleep on their stomach, they likely have little to no abdominal fat to make it uncomfortable and have an active social life. Although stomach sleeping isn't the best for our organs and spine, the main concern here is to prevent your spine from sinking down. As a result, the best mattress for people who sleep in a skydiver position is a firm, medium-firm, or medium-soft sleeping position. The pillow should be soft or extra soft if the mattress is medium-soft or soft. If the mattress is firm, the pillow needs to be just as firm as not to strain the neck and shoulder region. There is more care and factors to prevent chronic pain in the abdominal position than the side or back sleeping position. Much like the back sleeping position, the skydiver position puts you at risk of increased sleep apnea, or snoring, and back/shoulder pains.
- Starfish: The starfish position is indicative of a person who sleeps on the back with their arms and legs spread out wide, often disturbing the partner. They like to sleep as free as possible and cover the entire bed, which can be irritating. However, the starfish also indicates an open to receiving kind of personality that can be a helping hand to many people. Ironic to the apparent selfishness of taking up the entire bed to themselves, people who sleep in the starfish posture are often opposite and helping in real life. So, this sleeping posture can be their big disadvantage, especially if sleeping with a partner. Additionally, starfish people tend not to prefer themselves as the focus of any conversation or social attention. They can be helping and inviting, but not beyond their comfort. Carefree, open, and inviting, the starfish is in a great position when considering your overall physiological health. Sleeping on the back also means that these people are more comfortable sleeping in a semi-vulnerable position. The ideal mattress for a back-sleeping posture of a starfish is a medium-firm, firm, or ultra-firm in case of orthopedic requirements. These people are not likely to switch positions and can go to bed relaxed as a starfish and wake up the same. The best case is to go for a mattress that supports their spine and offers full-body comfort and support. An innerspring pocket coil mattress, Bonnell coil, or ortho foam mattress with the firm or ultra-firm surfaces is best for the starfish posture.
- Stargazer: The stargazer prefers to sleep in a dreamy fashion as if relaxing and seeing deep into the unknown with a relaxed posture. The stargazer position indicates that these people tend to sleep on their backs with relaxed legs pointing down and their arms beneath their head on the pillow. The hands could be beneath the pillow but tend to be directly beneath their head. Stargazers sleep with either of the arms or both arms beneath their head. This sleeping position indicates that they're comfortable in the real world in most situations and active listeners. Stargazers are dreamy, easy-to-talk, and great listeners. These characteristics make stargazers the best BFFs you could ask for and one of the most protective people too. People who sleep in the stargazing position also tend to have a more positive outlook towards life, with an active social circle, and chase their dreams and goals with a fiery passion that seems to be relaxed on the outside. The best mattress and pillow configuration for stargazers is similar to other back sleeping people preferences- a medium-firm, firm, or ultra-firm depending upon the requirement. Since stargazers are more likely to relax with their arms stretched beneath their head or the pillow, the pillow should be supportive yet comfortable and cool. A gel memory foam medium-firm pillow is the best case for a person who prefers to sleep in a stargazing position.
- Pillow holder: The pillow holder likes to clutch an additional pillow to snuggle. It can be their head pillow, and they clutch it as if trying to prevent it slipping or prevent its escape. Pillow holders tend to be more introverted and protective of their friends, which translates to apparent pillow holding. They're protective, possessive, and people with small yet close friends. The pillow holder desires comfort and closeness with stability and wants more of the same without much change. They're content with the minimum yet engage in luxury when it comes to self-care and can be socially anxious more than others. Pillow holders tend to sleep on either the side or back, and it can be challenging to see how they prefer to sleep, as it varies a lot. However, pillow holders also tend to sleep in either the fetal position clutching a body or standard pillow or clutching the pillow above their head. The best mattress and pillow combination would be one that's contouring, comforting, and allows excellent pressure relief. A medium-firm or medium-soft mattress with a great supportive contouring system like an innerspring pocket coil system would be ideal. Moreover, pillow holders tend to engage in more self-care in others, also making them show an affinity for softer mattresses. That is why memory foam mattresses or ultra-luxury mattresses with multiple functionalities might help them sleep better.
Best mattress types for different sleeping orientations and body types:
Mattress based on sleeping orientation:
Your sleeping orientation has a significant role in how you sleep and prefer to sleep in the long term. As evident in the above, mattresses vary for different postures as per personality and sleeping preferences. Here is the best fit mattress as per your sleeping orientation:
- Back sleeping: People who sleep on their backs like the sleepy soldier, starfish, and stargazer, need more support and comfort. Of course, further classification relies on their body types, but a back-support mattress is ideal for a person who prefers to sleep on their back. The overall requirements in all these cases rely on comfort when sleeping on the back, and a firm, medium-firm, or ultra-firm mattress is ideal. Again, depending upon the body type and preferences, one may go for either of these surface firmness levels with a robust back support system, either orthopedic or hybrid innerspring. One more factor to consider in people who prefer to sleep on their backs is any potential injuries, weight distribution, and sleep disorders. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, and breathing/neurological problems can increase in severity or prevent one from sleeping on the back. For such issues, sleeping on the side is the best way to sleep.
- Abdominal/stomach position: The abdominal position is ideal for people with little abdominal fat but still not healthy in the long term. Some people may prefer to sleep in this configuration because of how they've been sleeping for a long time or injuries. In the abdominal position, one needs to consider the overall weight distribution, injuries, present body pains, and many other issues. Sleeping on your stomach isn't an ideal scenario for most people and requires special mattresses. Considering someone with a healthy body with little or very nominal abdominal fat, one would need a medium-soft or medium-firm mattress to offer support for the spine. Since you would also need to sleep with the head on either side and easy breathing freedom for the lungs, the mattress needs to offer both support and plushness. That is why a latex foam mattress or an innerspring pocket coil that offers contouring support would be ideal for abdominal sleepers. The right pillow combination is also a critical factor since your spine (even the neck and shoulders area) needs to relax in a neutral horizontal position. So, a pillow with a medium-firm configuration is the best bet for both medium-firm and medium-soft mattress configurations.
- Side sleeping: In the side-sleeping posture, one needs adequate support for their spine, neck, and shoulders area. The best way to address this concern is with a supportive medium-firm mattress. So, whether it is the fetal/baby position, the log roller, or the yearning dreamer, either of your shoulders always need comfort. In all these different positions, your spine also needs excellent support, and this is possible with a mattress that offers plushness for your shoulders not to experience discomfort. A mattress with an excellent support system- both ortho foam or orthopedic innerspring system would help keep your spine in proper alignment. The comfort and support layer are ideally plush enough to allow room for your shoulders to sink without burdening your spine. Full-body support may also be a requirement for side-sleepers, and an ortho foam or innerspring pocket coil offers the best comfort and support without compromising on comfort.
Body type and preference:
Everyone has different preferences, and different body types, because of which three categories don't always help. Matters can also become just as complex as simple they might seem. That is why our SleepID algorithm is the best tool to allow you to shortlist a mattress for your body type and personal preferences. Based on your personality and body type, here are some mattress types that can help you sleep in your favorite posture.
- Latex mattress: A latex mattress suits a wide range of people and is viable for many posture combinations. Since the latex mattress keeps one afloat by default, a support system or not, it is a generally good idea for most people to invest in. But, of course, you should look into your sleeping posture and personal preferences, as a hybrid latex mattress may be even better for your sleeping requirements. Moreover, a latex foam mattress is also incredibly durable, hypoallergenic, and has better overall properties that one cannot overlook easily. Ideal for all positions, a latex foam mattress is also the best way to promote self-care in sleep.
- Innerspring pocket coil: An innerspring pocket coil mattress may come with different surface firmness levels and materials in hybrid forms. But the best use of such a mattress is the contouring support, which is ideal for people with chronic pain, abdominal sleeping posture, or other issues. Combined with materials like high-density latex foam, memory foam, or PU foam, an innerspring pocket coil mattress is an excellent option for people who need extra support. Moreover, an innerspring pocket coil also allows one to sleep on their side and promotes healthy physiological in all sleeping postures. You can look into our luxury innerspring pocket coil mattresses or ultra-luxury mattresses.
- Orthopedic mattress: An orthopedic mattress is meant for most people as preemptive and proactive measures to maintain and fix health issues. An orthopedic has a firm surface by default, ideal for overweight people, seniors, or people with existing chronic pains. Moreover, an orthopedic mattress also comes with different types of support systems, which different postures might favor by their own choice. An orthopedic mattress is the best option for back and side sleepers as it maintains a firm, medium-firm, or ultra-firm configuration that is ideal for both positions. As a result, an orthopedic mattress is also a widely preferred option for preemptive physiological care.
- Memory foam mattress: A memory foam mattress is excellent at offering a supremely comfortable and pain-relieving sleeping experience. The best thing about a memory foam mattress is its pressure-relieving properties, which are beneficial for active people. Memory foam may be used in the comfort layer of your mattress for quilting and pressure relief. Additionally, a memory foam mattress is also suitable for most people who want to sleep in fetal or positions with less mattress occupancy. Sleeping on the back or abdomen, especially as an overweight person, would lead to overheating because of the memory foam. Memory foam is also used in softer mattress configurations, orthopedics for pain relief, and dual-comfort mattresses.
- Dual-comfort mattress: If your sleeping posture is as dynamic as your personality and preferences, a dual-comfort mattress would be ideal for you. Dual comfort mattresses are present various configurations that can suit your personality and personal preferences and changeable with a flip. Moreover, dual-comfort mattresses are also ideal for long-term use and even offer orthopedic variants, along with an innerspring pocket coil core. Your dual-comfort mattress is also ideal for partners who need a change in their mattress sleeping experience from time to time. A dual-comfort mattress would also be ideal for people that need a change and value in their mattress.
- Ultra-luxury mattress: An ultra-luxury mattress is often soft or medium-soft by surface firmness configuration. Ultra-luxury mattresses come in different configurations, and you can choose one that allows you to sleep the way you want. If your personality years for something as grand as a royal sleeping experience, our ultra-luxury mattresses allow you to sleep how you want and elevate your sleep. So, whether you're a stargazer or a yearning dreamer, your sleeping experience can be fulfilled with our ultra-luxury mattresses allowing you to sleep the way you want. Moreover, most ultra-luxury mattresses are hybrid mattresses that offer more than one type of sleeping experience and are usable by different personalities above.
Your personality is all in your brain, body language, health, and how you react to things, and it all comes down to your mental state or sleeping rejuvenation. The better you sleep and more in line with your personality you are, the better you can function in society. Your sleep and health dictate everything from your happiness levels, fitness, body fat, and overall personality. That is why the ideal mattress for your personality type also needs much care in selection.
You're upgrading from your previous aging mattress, and want something that doesn't compromise on your sleep quality, then choosing a mattress for your body type is the best option. Your mattress and pillow combination should be ideal for your sleeping posture, and inconsistency can wear your mental and physical sanity down. That is why an ideal mattress allows you to sleep as you want to and takes care of your body in the long term. That is why the best way to sleep and the best way to choose your next mattress is with KingKoil and our biometric tool.
SleepID aligns your current body statistics with you and your partner's preferences, making sleep as luxurious for you as possible. Then, based on your personality, your mattress can look just as good and offer luxurious sleep as you may prefer to stand out. That is where KingKoil quality assurance and high-density materials are prepared in-house to stand out. You can also look into our bespoke mattresses if you're trying to create a personality and aesthetic for your hospitality or dream bedroom.