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    Sleep positions snoring and other sleep-related issues

    There's an olde saying 'a rich man sleeps on his stomach, a king on his back, and a wise man on his side'. I recently experienced some back pain and I gotta say my favorite sleep position is whichever one doesn't hurt like h*ll!. When I'm not experiencing backaches I tend to sleep on alternating sides (the so-called 'log' position), but according to various SO's over the years am told I occasionally sleep on my back as well (and consequently rattle the windows with snoring).

    Pop psychologists seem to have taken an interest in this whole sleep postion business and have found the following correlations between sleep positions and personality (suggest you read the results carefully and order your life accordingly ).

    Fetal Position (41%) Curled up on your side, holding the pillow. The most popular sleeping position, this one was favored by 51% of the women in the study. The personality of these sleepers tends to be shy and sensitive, though they may present a tough exterior to the world.

    Soldier Position (8%) Flat on your back with arms at your sides. Indicates a quiet and reserved personality who sets high standards.

    Starfish Position (5%) Lying on your back with arms and legs outstretched. Indicates a good listener who makes friends easily, but prefers not to be the center of attention.

    Freefall Position (7%) Flat on your stomach with arms at the head or ears. Indicates a brash and gregarious exterior who may inwardly be nervous and sensitive to criticism.

    Log Position (15%) On your side with legs outstretched and arms at your sides. Indicates a social, easygoing personality.

    Yearner Position (13%) Similar to the log, but with arms outstretched. Said to indicate a suspicious and cynical personality.
    I've heard about other (odder) sleep positions than the aforementioned (e.g. the 'sphynx' - sleep facing downwards on knees with arms extended over head!), but that partial list gives a reasonable cross section of the 'normal' sleeping positions.

    How about you, what position do you tend to sleep in? Also, are you a snorer - or worse, do you have a snorer for an SO?
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    Mrs. P is a "fetal" sleeper and I am generally a "log" and laying on my left side.

    Other people have told me I snore, but I've not heard it. H*ll I'm alseep then.

    Other sleep tendencies?
    Are you a heavy or light sleeper? (mostly heavy at first and I can fall asleep generally pretty fast, its staying asleep that is hard for me)
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    I am just happy to get 6 hrs of sleep.
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    Usually I sleep on my side in a cross between fetal and log positions, and no I don't hold onto a pillow. I snore if I sleep on my back or if the air is dry so I try to sleep with the humidifier going. R.T. will generally shout at me in the morning if I am snoring when she is getting ready for school.

    I am a pretty deep sleeper routinely sleeping through the alarm clock and the phone ringing. Once when I was 9 and at summer camp a skunk got into the cabin in the middle of the night and even a dozen shrieking little girls didn't wake me up. The counselor basically had to drag me out while I was in my sleeping bag and I woke up because of the cold air.

    R.T. is a starfish sleeper and also has a tendency to sleep on her back with her feet flat on the bed and her knees in the air. Usually I straighten her out before I go to sleep myself since I think it's bad for her circulation.
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    I alternate between log and free fall.
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    I'll start by going to sleep on my left side and wake up in either freefall or on my right side.

    I can fall asleep in under 3-5 minutes usually.

    I usually don't wake up in the middle of the night except if the little man is crying.

    I do snore, but as Mr. Tide has told me it is only when I first fall asleep and not throughout the night.

    I consider myself lucky to be such a good sleeper since I know so many others, my Mother in Law especially, who can't sleep more than a few hours without waking up and not being able to go back asleep. I fear my wife is also starting to exhibit this. I on the other hand can wake up, change a diaper, put the baby back down, and get back to sleep without missing a beat.
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    I'd describe my sleep position(s) as the Rotisserie. I rarely sleep more than 3 or 4 hours straight and spend the rest of the night rotating from position to position until I get up exhausted to start another day. I've been told that I can snore from any of the positions.
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    I can't see how anyone can sleep in the 'freefall' position. To me it seems like an exercise in suffocation. Any time I've ever woken up in that unfortunate position I've either been ill, hungover, or at a minimum have a seriously stiff neck (and I can't even imagine how an - ahem - abundantly proportioned female could pull it off). Sleeping on one's back is comfortable enough, but I have to agree it's way too easy to snore in that position. I actually woke myself up one occasion snoring and in that instance I was sleeping on my back ('soldier')

    I'm lucky to sleep for more than 3-4 hours without waking up and I guess I tend towards 'rotisserie-style' sleep in general.
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    'Cus I'm free.... freefalling.....

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    Sort of on my side, sort of on my stomach, my arms usually hugging a wad of blanket that is sort of tucked under me, and at least one leg has to be out from underneath the covers.

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    I don't sleep in the fetal position. I have to fall asleep on my side, then the sleep positions change throughout sleeping. I sleep most soundly on my stomach, and will deliberately roll to my stomach if I have trouble falling asleep.

    I seldom have trouble falling asleep.

    I do snore when I sleep on my back, and I have caused myself to wake up when I snore too loudly. Yuk.

    If you go by the personality correlations, I am an interesting and unpredictable person.

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    Sleep is a treat for me that I do not fully get most nights becuase I have chronic sinusitis/allergies. I usually get an elbow from the wife to stop snoring. If it goes on, I wind up on the couch, which is more comfortable anyway.

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    Whats the position where yuo are passed out with your clothes on in a prickly hedge on the side of the road?

    I actually sleep on my side more often - if I fall asleep on my back I either snore or stop breathing and wake up gasping for air.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    I think I am mostly part of the starfish crowd. I think I sleep better on my back, but the Mrs. thinks I make less noise on my side...
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    I've been told I snore.





    I've never heard it, so it doesn't bother me.






    (No poll? No "what is this sleep of which you speak?" option?)
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    Freefall for me and yes on the personality trait

    I snore - it's both a throat and sinus issue according to my ENT

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    I usually sleep curled up on my side - especially this time of year - but without holding the pillow. At some point I may shift positions and lie on my back. It really depends on whether or not I am sharing the bed with my spouse and/or pets.

    Oh, and I must have the covers pulled up over my head - that's one of my idiosyncracies. I can't really explain why.

    I'm told that I snore lightly. I don't usually notice, but I sometimes wonder when I wake up after dozing off in someone's car or on a train whether I've made any noise.

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    I'm also an active member in the Rotisserie League and have been told that I snore. This "alleged" snoring occasionally results with me waking up alone in the morning (in my bed and not on the couch.)
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Depending on the day, I'm either a "soldier" or a "Log/Yearner" position. I rarely get through the night without at least one interruption. Usually it's the male dog needing to go out - sometimes I'm able to convince him to go back to sleep. Sometimes it's either my hubby tossing and turning, or it's the female dog nesting and therefore stepping all over me. One the nights when it's all three, I am not a happy camper in the morning, and have even had days where I had to call in late.

    Hubby is in the Rotisserie League. He can't stay still very long, and I think it's RLS, but he claims it's nothing. He can sleep through some dog noises, but he is instantly alert when the alarm goes off.
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    I like 'em all, and use 'em all.

    What I don't like is a pillow, which I quit using over 30 yrs ago because I read in a book that most people on the planet don't use one. (Most people on the planet don't even have furniture, either)

    I read a lot of Joseph Campbell a cpl of yrs ago and was struck by the image o sleep as an immersion into the subconcious, so that my hitting the bed is like a splash and sinking, and I feel that decent.

    Very delicious, until one of some cats in the house calls and I have to come all the way back up to trudge to the door and let 'em out.

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    I'm also an active member in the Rotisserie League
    What he said.
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    Most nights I'm in "pretzel" - this involves being wrapped around two kitties. One kitty must sleep on/next to my legs. The other kitty must sleep on my hip if I'm in "yearner" or on my bum if I'm in "freefall".

    I don't snore unless I'm sick & congested. My parents had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was young - for health reasons and so that I wouldn't snore.
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    I fall asleep on my right side and wake up on my back, sort of in the "coffin" position: arms folded on chest, but my right foot always rests over my left leg. Makes a cozy place for a kitty to sleep.

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    I sleep in a shepherds crook position. It comes from being tall and having to sleep on shorter beds and couches. According to the ex, I am a quiet sleeper who makes muted puffing or popping noises. At the time, she thought it was cute. I am a very sound, deep sleeper who can sleep thru darn near anything, including the alarm in the morning. This is probably the reason it takes me forever to wake up in the morning and why I've mastered the fine art of auto pilot.
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    Fetal Position (41%) Curled up on your side, holding the pillow. The most popular sleeping position, this one was favored by 51% of the women in the study. The personality of these sleepers tends to be shy and sensitive, though they may present a tough exterior to the world.

    Log Position (15%) On your side with legs outstretched and arms at your sides. Indicates a social, easygoing personality.

    I'm kind of a cross between Fetal and Log - the upper half of my body is on my side, and then my top leg is bent and also on the bend so Im kind of all twisted .... and I wonder why my lower back hurts

    I've been told I don't snore at all. In fact, I've been told that sometimes a mirror under the nose is necessary to ensure I'm still breathing, because I am just a very still sleeper. Don't move much, no noise, etc. I like my space when I sleep.

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