Sleeping is a very personal and vulnerable experience.
We tend to show our true emotions during sleep, when we are intoxicated and when we are triggered. It is constantly in our minds as to whether our partners love us or not, whether we have been together for a week or for years.
Sleeping with your partner has many benefits, and according to the research, couple sleeping is often underrated.
Below are a few reasons why is it important to sleep with your partner and what are the benefits:
Why is it important to sleep next to your partner?
Find below the positive impact of sleeping with your partner:
When your true love sleeps next to you, there is a love chemical called oxytocin, which is released. It induces sound sleep and a feeling of care and protection.
Sleeping is a very vulnerable act. If you sleep next to someone, it builds a better bond between people as they expose themselves to someone.
Cuddling and sleeping together also impact our mental health. It reduces stress and anxiety and makes the person happy.
Sleeping together also helps us sleep faster as it helps us avoid our overthinking and internal monologue. We are less likely to be entangled in strange thoughts when we are sleeping next to someone we love.
It helps with sleep syncing that sets the routine for better and sound sleep.
Not just this, do you know there is a deep connection between sleep positions and relationships?
What does your sleeping position say about your relationship?
Good news! Now you can know whether the love is still intact or not with your sleeping body language.
How you sleep with your partner in bed can say a lot about how you two feel about each other. Do not be surprised to find out that you don’t feel the same way about the significant other as you once did.
Below is a list of some relationship sleeping positions with a partner that can take your love life to a whole new level. Also, find out what does your sleeping position say about your relationship:
1. Trust the spoon
The spooning position is one of the most common and the most practiced married couples sleeping positions all over the world. If you are a couple, you must spoon.
So, what is this sleeping position meaning in the relationship?
Nothing screams out trust more than spooning.
The man or the woman uses his or her entire body to wrap the other person from the back. The person being wrapped up feels safe in the arms of his or her beloved.
Spooning couples in cozy pillows and mattresses ensure more comfort. This is an expression of utmost trust. I am pretty sure all couples have tried this at thebeginning of their relationships. If not, try it out today!
When you are constantly together physically, you will naturally want some space. The man or the woman can place his or her arm over the other while loose spooning. You do not have to be tightly knotted to express love for each other. A little brush of the arm says a lot.
3. Kissing with your backs
Who says you can only kiss with your mouths? You can also do so with your backs! Can you imagine spooning and loose spooning every time you sleep together?
Nope. You need some variety.
In this sleeping position, instead of facing each other, couples can face the other way but still keep in touch with their backs. If you are the self-conscious type, now you can relax and sleep knowing that your significant other cannot see your awkward facial expressions.
You will also not feel completely detached, as your back is in contact with your partner.
All in all, this sleeping position ensures a balance of space and intimacy throughout the night.
4. Still on your honeymoon
This sleeping position undoubtedly is the most romantic way to sleep through the night.
Both partners face each other and hold each other in a loving embrace using all their limbs. The embrace is nothing like an ordinary hug. You can feel the other’s heartbeat and the heat of their breath on your face.
Love is at its peak if couples are doing the honeymoon in bed.
Normally, this sleeping position is inspired by intense lovemaking. Do not be surprised if you find yourself doing the honeymoon with your ex, as this gesture is a great way to realize how much you have loved each other.
5. Shingle to mingle
Shingles dictate reliability.
One partner will lay on his or her back while the other rests thier head on the other’s chest. The other can stroke the partner lying on his or her chest, expressing a beautiful illustration of companionship.
The person lying on his or her back is most likely the leader in the relationship.
He or she definitely wears the crown but also cares about the other deeply. This husband and wife sleeping position on the couch can be applied instead of the couples lying in bed while watching television or just laying around talking.
There is an exchange of the role of the protector and the protected in this kind of placement.
6. The cradle of love
The cradle of love is the more intimate version of the Shingles.
In this sleeping position, the couples hold each other with more affection, and the power play does not exist here. The person lying on the other’s chest or shoulders can wrap his or her arms and legs around the other. It almost feels like you are floating in the ocean.
Trust, care and commitment are super obvious if you are doing this with your partner. There is no scope for doubt.
7. Tangled fairytale
The heading says it all. It does feel like a fairy tale when couples are tangled in an eternal embrace. It can appear quite clingy, and it is clingy!
This sleeping position, however, allows the partners to express their love for each other wholeheartedly, with no limitations. If you are okay with a little clinging and codependency, you will enjoy this position.
You can hold each other with your arms and legs and place your nose either below their chins or over their cheeks to get the maximum pleasure out of this sleeping placement.
If anyone of you is having a bad day, this will definitely give the support either of you has been craving.
8. Legs entwined
The Leg Hug is a funny one. It can express two things. One, a non-clingy kind of love. Two, a bridge to connect after a fight.
Our legs respond to our fight or flight nature.
The person who reaches out with his or her leg is the one desiring connection. Maybe he or she has beenfeeling a lack of intimacy. If you are both using your legs to hug the other, that implies a relationship close to the honeymoon phase.
Who needs money when you can have a love like this?
9. Chasing the prize
Chase is plain spooning.
The only difference is that the one turning away is the one who is either disinterested or just wants to play hard to get. The person facing away can have a strong sense of entitlement or a sensitive past.
Usually, partners like this are difficult to deal with.
The chaser can be chasing the person for a long time and still not get any commitment or trust. To inspire love between the two, talk to the chased person about his or her insecurities.
If the chased person can open up and learn to trust, the Chase can finally transform into a Spoon- a happy ending nonetheless.
10. The helpless crab
When one of the
When one of the spouses is sleeping like a crab, with his or her limbs outstretched like that – that person is having some inner issues in the relationship. If you are one of those people, or your partner is, you have to dig for the truth.
So, what does your sleeping position say about your relationship if you are the space hogger?
If either of you is sleeping like in this sleeping position, it is a bad sign. A person sleeps like a Spacehog when they care little about the person they are sharing their bed with. This person does not care about you at all.
Whether this is anew relationship or an old one, this placement suggests that you should go your separate ways. We are always told not to attempt to change our partners, and we probably never can.
Hence, it is wiser to sit down with the other person and have a long conversation about the quality of the relationship that you two are in. If you both agree that it is not working anymore, let it go.
However, the person doing the Spacehog can have a dominating personality. If his or her dominant nature becomes harmful, you should find someone better to be with.
12. The cliffhanger confusion
We are at the end of the list.
The cliffhanger is a confusing sleeping position.
But what does your sleep position say about you if you or your partner has the cliffhanger position?
One or both of the partners are left wondering why no intimacy is being established between them. They will both be facing the other way, but not touching each other, with their backs or legs.
They will seem more comfortable detached from each other than together.
In Chase, one person is usually interested in the other. But here, none of them are. The passion may have disappeared from the relationship or there was nothing, to begin with. Lose no hope. You do not have to stay with this person forever. You always have a chance at love.
It’s your right!
Is it true you sleep better next to someone you love?
Sleep has a deep connection with mental and physical health.
According to the research, sleeping with a partner induces better sleep as it lowers blood pressure and also boosts the immune system. Not just this, sleeping next to someone you love also creates perfect sleeping conditions as the warmth of the other person will induce a better quality of sleep.
Not just this, sleeping next to someone also helps in restorative sleep as it helps release estrogen and oxytocin which is the chemical of love, compassion, and empathy.
What is your sleeping style? What does your sleeping position say about your relationship?
If you found that your sleeping styles match the Spoon, the Honeymoon, the Shingle, the Cradle, or the Tangle – you have nothing to worry about. Your partner loves you with all his or her heart.
In the video below, find a visual representation of various natural sleeping positions of couples:
Meanwhile, if you have found your sleeping styles coinciding with the Chase, the Crab, the Cliffhanger, or the Spacehog – you have to make some serious decisions. You don’t have to waste your time investing in a relationship that is no longer working.
Although if you give time, things can change for the better. However, if all your attempts have failed to turn trash into a gem, move on.
If you feel disconnected or frustrated about the state of your marriage but want to avoid separation and/or divorce, the marriage.com course meant for married couples is an excellent resource to help you overcome the most challenging aspects of being married.
Stepheny is a content writer at FeedFond. She’s an avid reader, mother of two children and a relationship expert. She loves sharing her experiences and thoughts with her readers. So, to read more of her articles visit FeedFond.com.