The Ultimate Visual Guide to Sleeping Positions for Couples
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Last Modified 16 February 2021 First Added 5 February 2016
Sleeping positions, for couples, can say a lot about the state of their relationship. Whether you share your bed in perfect harmony or one of you is relegated to the guest room sofa bed, there’s a deeper meaning in the way we share our sleep.
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. 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
Related: The Benefits Of Sleeping Naked
How do you share a bed?
Back to back without touching
Back to back touching
Face to face but not touching
Face to face, legs intertwined for 10 minutes then couple separate to sleep
Front to back touching
One partner lying with head and arm on other’s chest
Face to face with legs intertwined all night
Lying in starfish position with partner hanging off bed
Whatever makes them comfortable
*According to sleep studies by relationship psychologist Corinne Sweet and Travelodge
According to Corinne Sweet, each position speaks volumes about you as a couple:
However you share a bed, getting good quality sleep is what matters most.
Avoid difficult conversations before bedtime and try relaxing with a warm bath, quiet music or light yoga.
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.
Avoid sleeping on your back and see your doctor if snoring becomes problematic as it can be a sign of health issues.
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!