Scott Hardie | September 16, 2003
I love studies that show how some mundane aspect of your life reveals your personality type, because it all may as well be completely made up. Seriously, how often are the results accurate for you? This one says I'm "social" and "easy-going," two things I've strived (and usually failed) to be for years because I am the opposite by nature. This is the sort of thing I normally encounter when I'm scouring Weekly World News for RPG ideas, but I spotted this one linked in the Top Headlines on Yahoo's front page, so obviously this is Major News. Read on.

LONDON (Reuters) - Whether it's curled up in the fetal position, flat on the stomach or stretched out across the bed, the way people sleep reveals their personality, a British sleep expert said Tuesday.

Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service and a visiting professor at the University of Surrey in southern England, has identified six common sleep positions and what they mean.

"We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our subconscious says about us," he said.

Crouched in the fetal position is the most popular sleep pattern and favored by 51 percent of women, according to the results of the study he conducted for a large hotel group.

Fetal sleepers tend to be shy and sensitive while people who assume the soldier position, flat on their back with arms at their sides, are quiet and reserved.

Sleeping on one's side with legs outstretched and arms down in what Idzikowski refers to as the log, indicates a social, easy-going personality. But if the arms are outstretched in the yearner position, the person tends to be more suspicious.

The freefall, flat on the tummy with the hands at the sides of the head, is the most unusual position. Only 6.5 percent of people prefer it and they are usually brash and gregarious.

Unassuming, good listeners usually adopt the starfish position -- on the back with outstretched arms and legs.

Idzikowski, who identified the positions by comparing personality traits of people, their preferred way of sleeping and the most common positions, said once a sleeping style is adopted it is rarely changed.

"What's interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect," he added in a statement.

Anna Gregoline | September 16, 2003
So 51% of women are shy and sensitive? Leave it to Yahoo to put something so sexist up.

Lori Lancaster | September 16, 2003
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Anna Gregoline | September 17, 2003
I really wasn't "so worked up" over anything. I saw sexist, I said it was sexist. And yes, they should have given some male stats. I think the whole thing is bunk anyway, so it doesn't really bother me one way or another. The question of whether these people sleep with someone else is a good point - I know I sleep differently when Jesse is in my bed. It changes the whole sleep dynamic.

Erik Bates | September 17, 2003
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Scott Hardie | September 18, 2003
I like Matt Baldwin's take.


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