Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Children Were Nestled All Snug In Their Beds

The Children Were Nestled All Snug In Their Beds

Ah, Christmas Eve. That one time of year that everyone else seems to be asleep that I never bothered going to sleep early for. While I grew up I just stayed up late at night and I always found it odd because the general idea was that everyone is slumbering in peace, especially with their brand new PJ's that they get....

Again, I'm the foolish person who assumed PJs were a creation of Television as a method to show scenes with Lucy and Ricky in the bed room. Along with their separate beds. No way a Cuban will have separate bed unless he was banging someone else on the side.

Besides that, it's coming out that the position you sleep in can reveal insights into your personality. Take a look at the above image. It shows various sleeping positions that you can potentially fall asleep in. For example, people who sleep in the "Soldier" position are generally quiet and reserved, and people who sleep in the "Log" position tend to be easy going and social.

But that leaves one great question.. What about the lesser known sleeping positions? The BBC tackled this very subject...
If you want an insight into somebody's true personality, then try to catch a glimpse of the way they sleep.

Scientists believe the position in which a person goes to sleep provides an important clue about the kind of person they are.

Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, has analysed six common sleeping positions - and found that each is linked to a particular personality type.

"We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious posture says about us.

"What's interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect."

To see the six positions studied by Professor Idzikowski

  • The Foetus: Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax.

    This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

  • Log (15%): Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

  • The yearner (13%): People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

  • Soldier (8%): Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.

  • Freefall (7%): Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations

  • Starfish (5%): Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention.

    The remainder of those in the poll said the position they fell asleep varied or did not know.

    Health effect

    Professor Idzikowski also examined the effect of various sleeping positions on health.

    He concluded that the freefall position was good for digestion, while the starfish and soldier positions were more likely to lead to snoring and a bad night's sleepProfessor Idzikowski said: "Lying down flat means that stomach contents can more readily be worked back up into the mouth, while those who lie on their back may end up snoring and breathing less well during the night.

  • "Both these postures may not necessarily awaken the sleeper but could cause a less refreshing night's sleep."

    The research also found that most people are unlikely to change their sleeping position. Just 5% said they sleep in a different position every night.

    Duvet position

    Professor Idzikowski also found that one arm or leg sticking out of the duvet is Britain's most common position, followed by both feet poking out the end.

    One in ten people like to cover themselves entirely with the duvet.

  • And since it is Christmas Eve, I think I'm going to just let this one be a very easy throw away picture and small commentary list. But most of all, I need to give a shout out to Something Awful as they took this idea and ran with it altering the images and the message context on what will be the next level of sleep.

    So enjoy these many methods of slumber. ;

    Oh, it's so indie. Still, love that movie.

    And yet she's in PJ's.. that's the kryptonite of sex.

    Or the downstairs neighbors are making too much god damn noise.

    Someone in South Carolina would eat her right up.

    Now that one's just awesome all around.

    Now that's a sleeping position I can get behind... er.. um.. on top of?

    Oh internet.. how you let me down so.

    Only nerds will get this one.

    Where's buffy when you need her?

    Go team Sleep!

    Can you blame him? He just Blue himself.

    Under the sleep! Under the sleep!

    hee. yeah...

    Make it so.

    Ha. And now just one more for the road....

    Just remember folks, Santa will be watching you while you sleep.. like he does every night (Creeeeeeeeeepy)

    And to all a good night.. no matter what position you sleep in.

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