What your sleeping position says about you – and why ‘lefties’ are the ‘besties’ when it comes to popularity

September 26th, 2017

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Are you a ‘left side lounger’ a ‘starfish’ or a ‘freestyler’?  According to a new study from leading bed manufacturer, Sealy UK, these are among the UK’s most popular sleep positions, while how you choose to sleep can say a lot about you – from where you live, to your age, and even your profession!

Pulling data from Sealy’s Worldwide Sleep Census, the research polled more than 15,000 respondents across the globe, including 5,000 in the UK. It was aimed at comprehensively exploring the slumber habits of the planet.

The most popular sleep positions in the UK emerged as –

1)      ‘Leftie lounger’ – 36% of people sleep on their left side each night, making it the most popular position in the country. ‘Lefties’ are likely to work in Marketing or Advertising (41%) or for a local authority or healthcare trust (37%). Living in Brighton, this type of sleeper falls into the 45-54 age bracket and is more likely than any other ‘sleeping position’ to be degree educated.  


2)      ‘Right side relaxer’ – 34% of people sleep on their right-hand side, making it the second most popular position in the UK. ‘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.


3)      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. They are quite heavy drinkers, consuming on average 7 – 10 units of alcohol each day. Slumpers are most likely to live in Leeds, and be female.


4)      Freestyler – this type of sleeper accounts 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 generally reside in Carlisle and are female.


5)      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 reported the highest percentage of any other group when it came to waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested (30%). They are likely to work in transport and logistics, are typically younger than other groups, in the 25-34 age category, live in Belfast and are male.


Neil Robinson, Sealy’s sleep expert, said: “We know that certain sleep positions promote a good night’s rest; laying on your left or right side for example, and that’s perhaps why these are the nation’s favourite. So it’s therefore surprising to see so-called ‘star-fish’ sleepers reporting the highest levels of waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested when compared with any other position. It is also fascinating to see the associated demographics linked to each sleep position, and we would love to know if this really rings true with lefties, righties, slumpers, star fish and freestylers up and down the country.

“However, rather than forcing yourself into a sleep position that doesn’t feel natural to you, a great night’s sleep is really down to three main factors: being comfortable, freeing your mind of worries and stresses, and choosing a supportive, comfortable mattress.”