What does your sleep position say about you?

September 13th, 2017

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What is your go-to sleep position – are you a left side lounger, or a freestyler? Many of us don’t give a huge amount of thought into the position that we sleep in, but our recent study shows that how you choose to get your shut-eye can say a lot about you - from where you live, to your age and even your profession!

‘Leftie lounger’

This is the most popular sleeping position in the country, with 36% of people sleeping on their left side each night. ‘Lefties’ are likely to work in marketing or advertising (41%) or for a local authority or healthcare trust (37%). ‘Lefties’ are also likely to live in Brighton, fall into the 45-54 age bracket and is more likely than any other ‘sleeping position’ to be degree educated!

‘Right side relaxer’

Slightly behind ‘Lefties’ are the ‘Righties’, with 34% of people choosing this as their regular sleep position. ‘Righties’ work in transport, or in manufacturing and fall into the 35-44 age bracket. This group is also more likely to be heavier smokers than any other ‘sleep position’ (21 – 25 cigarettes a day) and also big caffeine fans (more than 10 caffeinated drinks a day). ‘Righties’ typically live in Nottingham.

Stomach slumper

12% of people sleep on their fronts each night. ‘Slumpers’ tend to work in the Agricultural and Fishing industries and fall into the 45-54 age bracket. Generally, they are quite heavy drinkers, consuming on average 7 – 10 units of alcohol each day, ‘Stomach slumpers’ are likely to be females living in Leeds. 


These sleepers account for one-in-10 of the population, and will ‘freestyle’ at night time, choosing a variety of different sleeping positions. They are most likely to work in utilities (energy or water) and are typically 35 – 44 years old.  ‘Freestylers’ are generally female and reside in Carlisle.

Star Fish (back sleeper)

9% of people sleep in this position, making it the fifth most popular in the country. Despite evidence to the contrary, ‘Star Fish’ sleepers are more likely than any other group to wake up feeling refreshed. They are likely to work in transport and logistics. People who sleep on their back are typically younger than other groups, in the 25-34 age category, while they tend to be males living in Belfast.