What is spooning and what is your sleeping position?

Sleeping positions

What is spooning, and which of you spoons the other? Or do you and your partner sleep in a different position? What does your sleeping position say about your relationship? The “small spoon” is the person on the inside and the “big spoon” is on the outside, with their chest in full contact to their partner’s back. So says Cosmopolitan Magazine. Spooning is a popular way for couples to feel both close and comfortably during sleep.

There are many other sleep styles, though, and these are featured in an infographic chart published by mattress company Snug.

Reading sleeping position is just like reading body language. Do you and your partner touch in bed? Face each other or turn your backs?

Sleeping positions - what is spooning and intertwinedThe informative infographic from Snug shows the differences between the ways couples sleep together.

On October 2012, Travelodge conducted a survey of 2,000 people and discovered that 80% of Britons are too tired to pucker up at bed time. The survey also revealed that 46% of couples sleep with their backs to each other, which is not necessarily a bad thing – depending on whether body contact is involved.

Popularity of sleeping positions in the UK

  • Liberty: back to back but not touching (28%)
  • Cherish: back to back but touching (18%)
  • Spoons: male spoons with the female on the inside (13%)
  • Pillow talk: face to face (7%)
  • Lovers’ Knot: face to face, legs intertwined for 10 minutes then couples separate to sleep (8%)
  • Spoons: with the female on the outside (5%)
  • The Lovers: face to face with legs intertwined all night (4%)
  • The Romantic: Woman lying with head and arm on man’s chest (1%)
  • Superwoman: Woman lying in star fish position with man hanging off the bed (1%)
  • Superman: Man lying in star fish position with woman hanging off the bed (1%)

What your sleeping position says about your relationship

“When we sleep, our subconscious minds take over,” says this article on Huffington Post. Because of this, the body language we use with a partner while we snooze can be a remarkably precise way to gauge what’s going on in our relationships.

What is spooning, according to an expert: “The big spoon typically feels protective of the little spoon, and is more common in new relationships because people tend to gain more independence the longer the stay in a relationship. This is not for a selfish sleep style like the starfish or a stiff one like the soldier,” says Sarah Brown, sleep and wellness expert.

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