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And couples who spend the night making physical contact are happier than those who do not touch. |
The research, published today at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, expands on work by psychiatrist Samuel Dunkell.
He found people who lie curled up in the ‘full foetal’ position are likely to be indecisive, anxious and sensitive to criticism.
Those who sleep in a ‘semi-foetal’ position, with their knees drawn up, are conciliatory, amenable to compromise, and unlikely to take extreme stances, he said.
People who sleep in the ‘royal’ position – flat on their back – tend to be confident, open, expansive, and sensation-seeking.
And those who lie ‘prone’ on their face show a tendency for rigidity and perfectionism.
The study found that 42 per cent of couples sleep back to back, 31 per cent face the same direction and just 4 per cent face one another.
Around 34 per cent sleep touching and 12 per cent spend the night less than an inch apart, while 2 per cent are separated by more than 30 inches.
Of those who fall asleep touching, couples tend to be happier if they are face-to-face than if they ‘spoon’ their partners, facing the same direction, or if they face in opposite directions.
Revealing: Couples who sleep less than an inch apart are happier than those that have a wider gap between them when they sleep