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What Your Sleeping Position With A Partner Says About Your Relationship

by Elyse Wanshel

The Unraveling Knot

 The Unraveling Knot
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This position starts with The Tangle position, but then unravels after 10 minutes or so.

Believe it or not, this position is a sign of a stronger relationship than The Tangle. Yet only eight percent of couples adopt this two-part position. Dr. Sweet said it’s, “A compromise between intimacy and independence, allowing for the best of both worlds.”

The Liberty Lovers

  The Liberty Lovers
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If you and your partner sleep facing opposite directions with space in-between ­– don’t fret! This is actually a good thing.

According to a study done by relationship psychologist Corrine Sweet, couples that sleep back-to-back without touching are “connected and secure in themselves. This position shows both closeness and independence in the relationship.”

It’s also popular, 27 percent of couples prefer this sleeping style.

The Back Kissers

The Back Kissers
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If you sleep back-to-back but you touch with your butts or backs, this is also a good thing — but it’s also novel.

According to Dr. Sweet, this means, “Both partners are relaxed and comfortable with one another.” Yet this position is more common amongst newer couples, or those that have been together for under a year, rather than a more long-term duo.

The Nuzzle

 The Nuzzle
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This sweet position, in which one partner rests their head on the other’s chest, while their legs are intertwined is often seen in early relationships and occasionally rekindled ones, according to Dr. Sweet.

This is a very nurturing posture that creates a sense of protection. Shirley Glass, a psychologist and martial therapist, also notes, “There’s a high level of trust here,” as this snuggling position has a “strengthening sense of comradeship and protection.”

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