Couples Sleeping Positions & What They Say About Your Relationship

Did you ever know that your sleeping positions has to do or is related to your personality as well as the status of your relationship? Whether you are sleeping in different or the same position, it simply can indicate how happy or boring and satisfied you are in a relationship. According to studies, there are various sleeping positions and certain interpretations on how it is related to your relationship. Check out the positions listed below.


The Spoon

This is the most common and traditional position for all couples specifically to those who are in a long term relationship. The position clearly shows that the male acts as a shield to protect the relationship while the female is sensitive. According to Samuel Dunkell, “When a woman assumes the posterior position, it may indicate she is the more giving partner or that he needs special nurturing.”

2. The Honeymoon Hug

This position is considered as the most intimate one, as the couples sleep face to face with each other. This position might be uncomfortable for some but according to Elizabeth Flynn Campbell, a New York psychotherapist, “[the couple] could be overly enmeshed, too dependent on each other to sleep apart.”

3. Like Shingles (on a Roof)

According to Samuel Dunkell, this is the most popular sleeping positions which denotes a sense of entitlement. It is a position wherein one partner is laying on their back while the other is resting their head on their partners shoulder. Shriley P. Glass notes “there’s a high level of trust here,” as this snuggling position has a “strengthening sense of comradeship and protection.”

4. The Sweetheart’s Cradle

This position simply symbolizes a very nurturing and intimate position that gives a sense of safeness and extraordinary protection.

Loosely Tethered

Loosely Tethered position simply represents a balance in relationship.

6. The Leg Hug

This position signifies two meaning. First, either couples are not comfortable showing any affection or Second, it suggest familiarity as well as daring a quality towards the partner.

7. The Pursuit

This comes into two meanings. According to Samuel Dunkell, this can be classified as “illegal Spooning” because of its distance. But alternatively, whoever of the two distances themselves just clearly shows that one wants to be pursued and be sensitive enough with the body language.

8. Zen Style

This is a common position whenever couples had a bad time or quarreling. Most of the time, this position indicates that both need to re-establish independence as well as compromise in creating a physical contact without further clinging.

9. The Cliffhanger

Cliffhanger or the so called heavy heart position, wherein you’re left thinking what’s happening to both of you. You’ll begin to feel awkwardness, anger of not talking to you, as well as sadness too. But the alternative interpretation would be, it is because your partner just wanted to sleep safely sound while ignoring your snore.

10. The Crab

Crab or also known as the ambiguous sleeping position and has a lot of meaning. If you’re currently experiencing a rought time due to disagreements, this position usually indicates that something is wrong and one is pulling away and hurting.