What your sleeping position with your partner says about your relationship

How do you and your significant other sleep together?

Your sleeping positions can be very telling about your relationship.


Our subconscious tends to take over our bodies for a bit while we’re asleep, according to website Little Things. That’s why the way we fall asleep with our partner can reveal a lot about our relationship. Below you’ll find several sleeping positions and what they mean!

1. Spooning

According to relationship psychologist Corrine Sweet, only 18% of couples actually spoons at night – a relatively small percentage. According to Sweet this position puts one person ‘in a protective role over the other’. Body language expert Patti Wood adds this is a sign of trust from the small to the big spoon.

2. Loose spooning

The loose spoon is essentially the same thing as spooning, but allows for some leeway rather than being tightly huddled up together. Especially couples that have just gotten together will stay closer together, but the loose spoon starts showing up when a couple has been together for a little while longer. Paul Rosenblatt, author of Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing argues this is a good position for optimal sleep. Wood adds again that this is still a sign of a protective bond between the two partners.

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