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The Interesting Ways Sleep Positions May Be Affecting Your Dreams

Amber is the Branded Content Editor at LittleThings. She currently resides in Manhattan.

When your head hits the pillow, your conscious self is ready to shut off and drift to dreamland. Meanwhile, your brain is very much awake, creating some of our most vivid dreams. Yet, why do some people have nightmares, while others are more prone to having sweet dreams and a restful night of sleep?

Recent evidence and various sleep studies suggest that your sleep position could influence your dreams. So if you’ve ever dozed off, only to be woken up by strange dreams, the way you’re sleeping might be having a significant impact. Who knew?!

While I always have a good night’s sleep on my Casper mattress,  I’m going to make sure I’m sleeping on my right side from now on after reading about the dreams associated with various sleep positions.

Take a look at the sleep positions below, and see if your sleep position correlates with the types of dreams you’re having.

Sleep Position #1: On Your Side

Sleep Position #1: On Your Side
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Bring on the puppies and rainbows, right-side sleepers!

According to the Sleeping Position, Dream Emotions, and Subjective Sleep Quality study, right-side sleepers experienced more positive and happy dreams and had fewer nightmares than left-side sleepers, suggesting that sleeping position does, indeed, affect our dreams.

Those who slept on their right were also more likely to report better quality of sleep than lefties. But not all is lost — there are some incredible benefits to sleeping on your left side.

Sleep Position #2: On Your Back

Sleep Position #2: On Your Back
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The study also mentions that those who sleep on their back experience dreams about vulnerability and feeling exposed — like showing up late for a final exam you forgot you had or suddenly being naked in public. Eek! Now that’s what I consider a nightmare.

Back sleepers also may have a harder time remembering their dreams, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Sleep Position #3: On Your Stomach

Sleep Position #3: On Your Stomach
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In another study conducted by Dr. Calvin Kai-Ching Yu, PhD, of Hong Shu Yan University, he researched the correlation between sleep positions and dreams of more than 670 adults.

He concluded that the individuals who slept facedown on their belly were more likely to have a wide range of love-related dreams, like kissing a stranger, getting married, or dating a celebrity. Hello, Channing Tatum!

Sleep Position #4: Sleeping At An Incline

Sleep Position #4: Sleeping At An Incline
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Those who sleep at an incline allegedly dream more vividly. It’s assumed a person is closer to wakefulness when they’re in a more upright position.

When you experience a vivid dream, it feels incredibly real. Often, even after you’ve woke up, you thought that it really happened because you are so deeply involved in the dream.

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While more research on sleep positions and dreams needs to be done, it may just be that spicy food, scary movie, or even your mattress that could be getting in between you and a perfect night’s sleep.

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What kind of dreams do you experience? Let us know, and tell us if you’ll be trying a new sleep position after learning more about how it may affect your dreams.

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