Science Of Sleep: Sleeping Poses Can Tell About Your Relationship With A Partner, According To A Psychiatrist
July 4, 2019 16:23 By Fabiosa
We all sleep differently. Some people prefer to fall asleep sideways, others on the stomach or back. The most comfortable position is acquired over the years, but what when about sleeping together? Having met your true love, you have to adapt, share a blanket, and a part of your bed. Some people find it comfortable to sleep with a partner than alone, yet others will still win back their personal space.
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It turns out that the positions in which you sleep with partners can also tell a lot about your relationship. Psychiatrist, Samuel Dunkell, had his book Sleep Positions first printed over 40 years ago. However, his study on body language at night is still popular because it easily explains all the details of our sleeping poses.
1. Facing each other
It can hardly be called the most convenient, but it is the most revealing sleep position. Usually, newlyweds sleep like this more often, subconsciously demonstrating their affection and emotional devotion. The partners keep a small distance but still become one single “body.” After opening their eyes, they will immediately see each other, making this position a very powerful means of getting closer.
Spooning creates all the conditions for closest physical and emotional intimacy, since this position would be impossible without an intimate touch. A husband, as a general rule, lies at the back, demonstrating his dominant position. During sleep, however, the couple can switch places, since the powerful convergence takes place in this position quite often. So, even a changed position won’t distort the passionate affairs highlighted with loving embraces during sleep. The position also demonstrates a rich sexual life.
3. Back to back
The most important element to note about this position is that the partners’ backs or other body parts touch each other and don’t move away. The couple chooses a comfortable position for themselves, while not avoiding body contact. Most often, such a posture is typical for couples who have already tested their relationship, feel good together, and know that the partner won’t blame them for a comfortable posture, even if it doesn’t include hugs.
A position of close body intimacy during the sleep. Partners seem to merge in this pose. As a rule, it occurs in the early stages of a relationship when a couple is just beginning to sleep in the same bed. Sometimes, this posture is also usual for the couples who have been married for many years – it underlines their incredible love for each other.
5. Cheek on the chest
A very common position among couples who have a very close spiritual and physical relationship. The man lies on his back, and the woman lies on her side with her cheek pressed to the partner’s chest. Such position symbolizes tenderness, unity in relationships, and trust.
6. “I won’t disturb you”
Quite a selfish position, especially if a couple has a small bed! One partner occupies more than a half of the bed while the other sleeps beside. This posture can symbolize dominance over the one who quietly huddles on the edge.
7. Turning away from each other
The backs of the partners don’t touch here. The first intepretation is such a position is common for all couples who suddenly quarrel before going to bed, as well as if they are offensive. Secondly, if the partners are constantly moving away from each other in a hurry to fall asleep in this position, this may be a sign of a serious problem. The constant and total absence of physical intimacy during sleep is a subconscious hint that a problem is hidden somewhere in a relationship.
Now you know what your sleep positions may mean. What is your “bed relationship” with your partner? Do you agree with the description? Share your opinions in the comments.
The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.