Sleeping positions

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The sleeping position is the body configuration assumed by a person during or prior to sleeping.

In one survey of 1,000 people[1], the following six positions were found to be the most common:


  • Fetus (41%) – curling up in a fetal position. This was the most common position, and is especially popular with women.
  • Log (15%) – lying on one's side with the arms down the side.
  • Yearner (13%) – sleeping on one's side with the arms in front.
  • Soldier (8%) – on one's back with the arms pinned to the sides.
  • Freefall (7%) – on one's front with the arms around the pillow and the head tilted to one side.
  • Starfish (5%) – on one's back with the arms around the pillow.

The remaining 11% stated their position varied or did not know.