Sharing the bed with your partner can differ between romantic harmony and a tug-of-war for the covers. This can draw some obvious parallels about the state of your relationship, but that’s not all.
The positions you sleep in at night can provide fantastic insight into the type of relationship you’re in, and UK psychologists have often gone out of their way to prove that.
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Below are some of the most popular sleeping positions for couples in the UK, and what those positions might say about the two of you.
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The ultimate guide to sleeping positions for couples
According to psychologists, how we sleep says a great deal about the state of our relationships. In fact, studies have shown that:
94% of couples who spend the night in contact with each other are happy with their relationship
10% of couples sleep apart from one another to get a good night’s sleep.
25% of couples argue in bed because they’re kept awake by their partners
How do you share a bed?
According to sleep studies by relationship psychologist Corinne Sweet and Travelodge, these are the most common sleeping positions for couples:
Back to back without touching
Back to back touching
Pillow Talk (7%)
Face to face but not touching
Lovers’ Knot (8%)
Face to face, legs intertwined for 10 minutes then couple separate to sleep
Front to back touching
The Romantic (1%)
One partner lying with head and arm on other’s chest
The Lovers (4%)
Face to face with legs intertwined all night
Lying in starfish position with partner hanging off bed
Whatever makes them comfortable
What it reveals about your relationship
According to Corinne Sweet, each position speaks volumes about you as a couple:
- Liberty – Connected and secure in themselves, this position shows both closeness and independence.
- Cherish – This position shows a couple is relaxed and comfortable with each other – common in new relationships.
- Spoons – A traditional position where one partner takes a protective stance over the other.
- Lovers’ Knot – A compromise between intimacy and independence, allowing for the best of both worlds.
- The Romantic – Common in new relationships, or after sex, this pose represents vibrant or rekindled love.
- Pillow Talk – This position shows a need for intimacy and close communication in bed.
- The Lovers – Romantic and intimate, this position also shows a lack of independence from each other.
- Superhero – One partner dominates the bed, while the other takes a secondary role.
However you share a bed, getting good quality sleep is what matters most.
- Don’t go to sleep stressed
Avoid difficult conversations before bedtime and try relaxing with a warm bath, quiet music or light yoga.
- Stick to the same schedule
If you’re a night owl and they’re an early bird, try to find a middle ground so you don’t disturb each other.
- Fix your snoring problem
Avoid sleeping on your back and see your doctor if snoring becomes problematic as it can be a sign of health issues.
- Avoid stimulants
Steer clear of fizzy drinks, chocolate and any kind of caffeine for at least 4 hours before you go to sleep.
Which one are you? Let us know in the comments!
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