Sleeping used to be simple. You climbed into bed, pulled up the covers and closed your eyes. Today, it takes a consulting firm to figure out all the choices — conventional mattress or air, posturpedic or tempurpedic, ergonomic pillow or Scandinavian goose down?
And what about sleeping positions?
It turns out they have names, and they can even reveal aspects of your personality. A whopping 41 percent of us sleep curled on our sides holding a pillow, the "fetal" position, indicating a shy and sensitive personality.
Those who sleep straight on their backs, in the “soldier” position, tend to be quiet and reserved. Many people sleep on their side — the so-called “log” position. This popular position shows a small degree of insecurity and stress.
The least healthy position, the face down “freefall” position, is used by 6.5 percent of people who tend to have "a brash and gregarious exterior," although this confident front hides a nervous personality who responds badly to personal criticism.
Unassuming, good listeners and outgoing folk usually adopt the “starfish “position — on the back with outstretched arms and legs.
And, as for pillows, blankets and mattresses, for a truly unbiased opinion, ask us for recommendations for the best sleeping equipment.
Dr. Steven L. Levy is a chiropractor in Woodbury.