What your sleeping position with your partner says about your relationship

3. The chase

While this sounds complicated, this position starts off the same as spooning. It entails one person facing out on their side of the bed, while the other rolls or shuffles towards this person. Essentially this means the first person is being ‘chased’ to their side of the bed. According to Samuel Dunkell, who wrote Sleep Positions: The Night Language of the Body, it’s quite possible that the person being ‘chased’ needs some space.

4. The tangle

A couple in a tangle is quite literally entangled with each other while lying facing each other. This position doesn’t show up a lot, but will occasionally take place after a couple has just made love or is in the beginnings of their relationship. Some couples will stick to sleeping in a tangle, but psychotherapist Elizabeth Flynn Campbell warns this isn’t always a good sign. “It’s possible this couple is focussing too much on each other and has grown too dependent on each other to sleep apart.

5. The untangled

This means two people will fall asleep as described above: in a tangle. However, after a minute or ten both partners will roll to their own side of the bed. Only about 8 percent of couples sleeps like this, and it’s a much better alternative to sleeping in a tangle. “It’s a compromise between intimacy and independence. This position offers the best of both worlds”, says relationship psychologist Corrine Sweet.

6. The liberty lovers

This position means you and your partner both face out while sleeping next to each other, and your backs don’t touch. Sweet explains this is a popular choice in sleeping positions, with approximately 27 percent of couples sleeping like this. According to her, it shows couples feel connected, but they’re also confident and independent in their relationship.

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