What sleeping postures reveal
March 4, 2002 5:04 PM   Subscribe

What sleeping postures reveal Curiuously accurate. "People say we gotta watch while he sleeps, for it is the only time that body is not under suppression, but never judge Mr. Nice Guy from one posture" They claim it applies to women too.
posted by Voyageman (18 comments total)
Side sleepers who curl up are vindictive? What the hell is so wrong with the fetal position? It's a timeless classic. I'll get the bastard who wrote this study!
posted by mathis23 at 5:28 PM on March 4, 2002

posted by Settle at 5:49 PM on March 4, 2002

It doesn't talk about those of us who sleep in restraints, which I think leaves a lot of people out.
posted by bingo at 6:26 PM on March 4, 2002

And, whoever did this study is ignoring the "hangs-from-ceiling-by-toes" demographic. Bad science!
posted by GriffX at 7:22 PM on March 4, 2002

"...methinks, he doth protest too much..."
posted by dash_slot- at 7:35 PM on March 4, 2002

Lighten up, Settle.
posted by BentPenguin at 8:40 PM on March 4, 2002


Of course not, darling. I'm not sure about those awful men you sleep with, though.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:50 PM on March 4, 2002

I'm going to start practicing this position:

"Lying on one side: This posture belongs to a confident person; whatever he undertakes will see success owning to his relentless endeavour. Anyone who lies on the right side, stretching his right arm over the head is said to be blessed with power and fortune."

You hear that? Power AND fortune! I will rule you all, yet.
posted by Salmonberry at 9:38 PM on March 4, 2002

...unfortunately for you, Salmonberry, I've been sleeping that way for years now. You hear me? YEARS! Mwahahahaha!
posted by aramaic at 7:29 AM on March 5, 2002

I sleep that way, and get elbowed by my wife for snoring. Power and fortune and cracked ribs. Hey, there are always tradeoffs.
posted by dwivian at 9:02 AM on March 5, 2002

As I get older, I find the number of positions where I can actually sleep is becoming smaller and smaller. I used to be a free-style sleeper - back, front, sides, whatever. Today the mattress, tomorrow the world!

Now, I have to be on my side (right preferred), carefully maintaining all limbs within a narrowly defined set of neck-back-torso angle parameters. Boring.

Must try....maintain....brain....flexibility....
posted by groundhog at 9:38 AM on March 5, 2002

Maybe it's your wife that gets the power and fortune.
posted by SpecialK at 9:40 AM on March 5, 2002

one time i fell asleep on my front with both my arms under my body, and I woke up and both my arms were numb and I couldn't move them and so I rolled over and they were both just flailing around out of control, my dead arms, and it was quite freaky indeed...but not as freaky as the time that i woke up but i was utterly paralysed and couldn't move at all or open my eyes, and to make things worse there was an evil presence in the room, in fact it was a witch, and said witch came up to me, and whispered something in my ear, and then started to leave the room, and i was desparately trying to wake up to catch sight of this witch but i couldn't, until she had left the room, at which point i lurched up out of bed heart pounding, totally, massively freaked out and had to go and get a glass of milk. then i found out it is a recognised phenomenon, known as 'old hag' which made me feel slightly better. but i digress.
posted by rikabel at 9:54 AM on March 5, 2002

Metafilter: Just flailing around out of control, my dead arms
posted by Skot at 10:04 AM on March 5, 2002

I used to have ASP (Awareness during Sleep Paralysis), too, rikabel. Terrifying. Truly terrifying. Happened to me alot in my teens, but its backed off recently. Now I usully only get it when I'm really stressed about something. Yuck... one of the most helpless, terrified feelings I've ever felt. It's made me really sketchy about even mild claustrophobia, too.
posted by jammer at 10:20 AM on March 5, 2002

because, you see, i moved my body and the arms attached to it, they just flailed. around. my dead arms.
posted by rikabel at 7:12 AM on March 6, 2002

Next up, Rikabel, with the "Dead Arms Rap"
posted by SpecialK at 6:08 PM on March 9, 2002

It doesn't specify on the site where these finding were drawn from, but I strongly suspect they were taken from the scientific discipline known as "Making stuff up."
posted by Shadowkeeper at 6:49 PM on March 9, 2002

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