Experts for body language are dealing with the relationship between different facial expressions, body movements, and positions on emotional state, social, and personal life of a person. They have developed many theories about personality based on different body movements and behavior. One of these experts, Patti Wood, suggested that sleeping positions that you have with a partner in bed can tell you much about your relationship.
This phenomenon is due to subconscious mechanisms that replace conscious mind when we are asleep. Body experts have identified several sleeping positions and explained them in terms of relationship with a partner.
The Spoon Position
The spoon position is a sign of a protective role that one partner has in the relationship. Less than 20% of couples sleep in this position. The spooned partner is the vulnerable person that needs protection and the spooning one is more confident and offers to protect.
The Loose Spoon
After some time, couples go from the spoon position to the loose spoon in which they make a bit of space between them. Woods says that this is identical pattern of relationship, but occurs in more mature couples. This is less sexual position than classical spooning.
This position looks like spooning, but it is changing during the night, because one partner always kind of tries to get some space and the other one is chasing them. This is often referred to as “illegal spooning”, because it means that one partner does not feel like being in close relationship, while the other one insists.
This is a very intimate position and it is not common at all. It is more common in the beginning of the relationship and it is very sexual. Probably, many couples are in this phase occasionally, but not for a long time.
The Liberty Lovers
In this position, partners are separated by space and turned back on each other. This is actually one of the most common positions practiced by almost 30% of couples. It shows strong personalities and couples who are secure and independent in their relationship.
Some other positions that are less frequent but also practiced by couples include: the liberty lovers, the nuzzle, the leg hug and the space hug. All these positions are interchanging during the relationship and they only say about current emotional state of partners.