19 Common Sleep Positions Couples Find Themselves In & What They Mean

Most people think that sleeping positions are only about comfort. Does the position that a couple sleeps in actually say something else about their relationship though? Healthline recently put out an interesting article with more information on the subject.

It turns out that there are a number of reasons why couples may choose to sleep in one type of position or another. These decisions often aren’t made consciously either. From the closeness of spooning to the couples that sleep in a “starfish” position, here are all of the most common sleeping positions and what they might mean about your relationship.

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1. The Spoon

About one fifth of couples sleep in this position. One partner acts as the big spoon and the other as the little spoon, both of them fitting together perfectly. Many people feel comforted by being so physically close to their partner. The big spoon is creating a safe and protective environment for the little spoon to sleep in.

 
 
 

2. Loose Spoon

It’s like regular spooning but with a little bit more space in between your bodies. Some people might fear that this indicates a problem in the relationship. However, the truth is that it is likely just a comfort thing. The extra space provides more room for you to adjust into the position that you find most relaxing.

3. Chasing Spoon

In this position, the big spoon actually looks like it is chasing the little spoon across the bed. One person is sort of escaping the grasp of the other person. It could be interpreted in two ways — either the person wants space in the relationship, or they simply just enjoy being pursued.

 
 
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4. Back To Back Touching

Another name for this sleeping position is back kissing. It could mean that the couple is most comfortable sleeping on their sides, yet still want to maintain some degree of closeness. However, it is most typically seen in new couples who have been together for less than a year.

5. Back To Back Not Touching

If this is how you and your significant other have always slept, there is nothing to worry about. You are likely both very independent people. However, if you usually sleep closer together, and all of a sudden, you’ve started sleeping back to back with no touching, there is likely some sort of reason for it. You and your partner may want to talk about the newfound distance.

 
 
 

6. Face To Face Touching

This position is seen in couples who are very close to each other emotionally and physically. Both people have their faces pointed towards each other and their bodies are somewhat tangled together too. It shows that they are likely very happy in their relationship.

7. Face To Face Not Touching

If both individuals are facing each other in bed but not touching at all, it could be a sign that neither is getting the attention that they desire. It indicates that you need to prioritize open communication with one another. However, it should be noted that face to face not touching is also the position that pillow talk takes place in.

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8. The Tangle

This one is face to face sleeping taken to the extreme. Both people are tangled together and sleeping so close to each other that they likely don’t even have breathing room. It’s both intense and intimate. It might be the natural position you fall into after sex. It’s indicative of a new relationship filled with passion or a longer one where both partners are very codependent.

9. The Cradle

With the cradle, one person cuddles the other person or cradles them. Normally, the cradler is laying on his or her back. The partner is leaning in against the chest of the person. Similar to spooning, it’s a protective posture where one is holding the other close. However, there is likely a bit of passion involved too.

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10. Fetal Position

The fetal position is sleeping like a baby with your knees tucked up to your chest. A surprisingly large number of people sleep in this manner. Close to half of all Americans sleep in the fetal position, so if you and your partner are like this too, don’t worry, you are in good company.

 
 

11. Unraveling Knot

Imagine you start sleeping completely tangled up with each other, then slowly throughout the night, you naturally start to pull apart. This is the unraveling knot. It’s often seen among two very intimate people who also have independent sides.

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