What Your Sleep Position Says About Your Relationship With Money


Some do it on their side. Others, their back. And while your favorite sleep position has a lot to do with how refreshed you feel in the morning, a recent Harris Survey conducted on behalf of the American Down and Feather Council says it could also be linked to your earning potential.

In honor of daylight savings time, we looked at how high-earning Americans like to snooze, and slumber, and what your favorite pose says about your financial personality.

Sleeping on the Right Side of the Bed

According to the poll, there’s something to be said for sleeping on your side, which ranked as the most popular position in the poll. Side sleeping can be in either the log (on your side with both arms down), fetus (on your side curled-up) or yearner (on your side with both arms out in front of you), and is tied to wealth; the highest income bracket in the study ($75,000+ annually) had the largest number of side sleepers at 55 percent.

The most popular side sleeping position of those earning $75k and up: Hugging. Maybe curling up in a ball on your side while hugging a pillow helps you dream about ways to earn more or be productive at work? Hard to tell, but on the flip side of sleep, those reporting an annual income of $35,000 or less were stomach or back sleepers.

The Better Sleep Council (BSC) says sleeping on your side is the best position for a restful night’s sleep, decreasing the risk for uninterrupted sleep. And the BSC has its own study that says specific side-sleeping positions are linked to personality traits that impact your relationship with all the money side-sleepers earn. Here’s a look at what your sleep position could be saying about your finances:

Fetus Position

The BSC says 41 percent of side sleepers opt to curl up in a ball on their side. And this pose, more commonly favored by women than men, is often linked with a tough exterior that protects a sensitive side. A BSC study says those who curl up often appear shy, but warm up quickly once they’re comfortable.

The money link: That tough exterior comes in handy when facing peer pressure to blow your budget. Those who sleep like a baby – literally – are better able to say “no” when a pal suggests splurging on a night out, impulse purchase, etc. that’s not in the budget. They’re also more likely to take a tough stance when first setting a budget, even if that means slashing their spending.

Log Position

Appropriately named, this means you sleep on your side, arms straight at your sides and legs straight with your feet (as though you’re standing straight up). The pose was favored by 15 percent of side sleepers, according to the BSC, and was related to those who are social, easy-going and trusting, but also possibly a bit gullible.

The money link: Be careful about getting duped! Whether you’re facing a cashier trying to upsell you or falling for a credit card you don’t need (or won’t ever use for the related rewards), log sleepers need to take a breath and think about the big financial picture. However, this position’s easy-going traits make log sleepers more open to looking at out-of-the box options to save money or cut spending while still enjoying life.

Yearner Position

The BSC study says 13 percent of people sleep lying on their side with both arms out in front of the body. And that yearners are generally open-minded and still cynical, suspicious, and stubborn about sticking to decisions once they are made.

The money link: That stick-with-it-ness way of thinking helps yearners stay out  – or dig themselves out of – debt. Sleepers in the yearner position are more inclined to set their sights on a financial goal and see it through to the end, and their penchant for being suspicious of credit card offers that may be too good to be true helps yearners hold on to their money and maintain a good credit score.

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Published November 5, 2013
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