An enormous study on the science of sleep discovered the position you sleep in can have a significant influence on how you’ll feel in the morning.
Like most of us, falling asleep (and staying asleep) is probably your main concern when it comes to feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day come the morning. After that you’re left with the mammoth task of trying to stay awake… but that’s for another time.
So why, when you’ve had a solid eight hours, do you sometimes wake up feeling like you’ve barely touched the pillow? Well, a new study from mattress reviewer The Sleep Judge has revealed some pretty eye-opening data about how the position you sleep in can have a significant influence on how you’ll feel in the morning.
The study had 1,021 participants who were asked questions about their sleeping habits. Those who took part gave a pretty good representation of the adult population too, ranging in age from 18-77 and with 54.4 percent female and 45.6 percent male.
When they were asked what position they had slept in and how well they’d slept, it was those who sleep on their back who were polled as sleeping like a log.
A lot of the respondents reported that they prefer sleeping on their side, curled up in the fetal position, because it’s both comforting and comfortable. However, a massive 40 percent of those who reported sleeping in this position also reported that they had rubbish sleep. How’s ‘comforting and comfortable’ doing for y’all now?
In fact, side and tummy sleepers were found to be the grumpiest of all morning people. Back sleepers, on the other hand, were more likely to wake up feeling motivated and ready for the day.
Next, the study looked into the issue of space and having somebody else squirming in the bed next to you. So what effect does sharing a bed have on your sleep quality – and what does the position you both sleep in say about your relationship?
Couples who slept back to back reported getting the worst night’s sleep, with 37 percent saying their quality of sleep was below average.
But sleeping in the ‘distant spoon position’ (spooning without touching) saw 72 percent of couples reporting that they’d had a refreshing night of sleep. But surely that means you’re sleeping on your side…
Meanwhile, a whopping 99 percent of those who slept like they were in a roomy cutlery drawer said they were satisfied with their relationship, compared to 85 percent of respondents who slept back to back.
Let me tell you where you’d find 100 percent happiness: lone sleepers. Or people who let their dogs sleep with them.