How the position you sleep in with your partner reveals the strength of the relationship
- Partners who sleep an inch or less apart are happier than those who don't
- Around 42% of couples sleep back to back while just 4% face each other
- Couples who sleep face to face while touching were the happiest
The happiest couples: Partners who sleep face to face while touching were found to be 100% satisfied in their relationships
Results: Couple who sleep while touching were found to be much happier than those who don't make any contact while sleeping.
And couples who spend the night making physical contact are happier than those who do not touch.
Those who sleep in a ‘semi-foetal’ position, with their knees drawn up, are conciliatory, amenable to compromise, and unlikely to take extreme stances, he said.
People who sleep in the ‘royal’ position – flat on their back – tend to be confident, open, expansive, and sensation-seeking.
And those who lie ‘prone’ on their face show a tendency for rigidity and perfectionism.
The study found that 42 per cent of couples sleep back to back, 31 per cent face the same direction and just 4 per cent face one another.
Around 34 per cent sleep touching and 12 per cent spend the night less than an inch apart, while 2 per cent are separated by more than 30 inches.
Of those who fall asleep touching, couples tend to be happier if they are face-to-face than if they ‘spoon’ their partners, facing the same direction, or if they face in opposite directions.
Revealing: Couples who sleep less than an inch apart are happier than those that have a wider gap between them when they sleep.Of those who do not touch, the largest number of happy couples face the same direction – above those who sleep back to back or facing each other.
The study found 86 per cent of couples who slept less than an inch apart felt happy in their relationship, compared with 66 per cent of those who slept more than 30 inches apart.The latest results are part of Professor Wiseman’s wider research on sleep and dreaming. He is using Dr Dunkell’s ideas to examine the ways people relate to each other in their sleep. His initial findings suggest that people who sleep very close to their partners are more likely to be extroverts.He has written a book, Night School, about his work.
Professor Wiseman said: ‘Thirty four per cent of people said they slept touching, but this rose to 45 per cent among extroverts.’