Sunday, July 16, 2006

Determine Someone's Sleep Position Based on their Personality?

The Late Show with David Letterman July 14th, 2006
Screencap from legionpossessed

Watching Anderson on TV Friday night looking a little nervous wearing his Kelvar vest I immediately thought of that Channel One video from Sarejevo where he is nervously pacing around his hotel room. In Dispatches From the Edge, he says "I was afraid to sleep in the bed in my room at the Holiday Inn. I kept thinking some shrapnel might kill me during the night. So I lay on the floor, trying to sleep, listening to the dull thud of mortars landing on nearby buildings."

In the footage, when I saw Anderson curled up on his mattress in the floor I immediately thought of the old AC360 clip where Anderson visited a sleep clinic.

Screencap from BCFraggle

In both clips Anderson is sleeping in the same position. A couple of years ago the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service in England conducted a study analyzing a person's sleep position to see if it is reflected their personality. The study came up with 6 possible positions shown below.

The Fetus(41%): Those who curl up in the fetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

Log (15%): Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being part of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

The Yearner (13%): People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a decision, they are unlikely ever to change it.

Soldier (8%): Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.

Freefall (7%): Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations.

Starfish (5%): Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of attention.

It looks like Anderson is a Fetus sleeper. Do you think he is "tough on the outside but sensitive at heart" and maybe "shy when he first meets somebody, but soon relaxes."? Take a look to see if your sleep position matches your personality.

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Jennifer said...

Too fuuny! I thought about his sleeping position after noticing the same thing, but I didn't know about the study.

From what we know about Anderson, I think the "fetus" position describes him well. And its something Anderson and I share :)

Phebe said...

You always come up with the most interesting ideas for blogging. I think Anderson's personality definetly matchs his sleep position.
Most of the night I'm a 'fetus' but ocassionally, I'm ashamed to say, I slip into the 'freefaller' (often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations). Guess I need to work on that!

Sheryn said...

Well, what do you know, I'm a "fetus" and "freefaller" sleeper! Fits me perfectly!

Thanks as always Quitman!

Unknown said...

Thanks Quitman! I love your blog posts. You're ideas are always great!

I'm a "fetus" sleeper myself.

Jenn C said...

Quitman, as always, a fountain of knowledge, not only about Anderson, but in general.

I'm a fetus/freefaller also. Now reading what that means - hmm - I must say it fits me exactly.