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How do you sleep?

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Mmmm sleep, how I miss it!

Apparently, the position we are in when we sleep can give people an insight into our personality.

Which position do you sleep in?

Do you snore?

Read the article and try and complete the gaps with the correct vocabulary.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Key Words

  • Subconscious - the part of your mind which notices and remembers information when you are not actively trying to do so.
  • Curl - forming into a curved shape.
  • Glimpse - to see something for a very short time.
  • Common - the same in a lot of places or for a lot of people.
  • Part - some but not all of a thing / a member.
  • Attention - notice, thought or interest.
  • Snoring - to breathe in a very noisy way while you are sleeping.
  • Decision - a choice that has been made.
  • Pillow - a soft bag (like a cushion) that we put our head on when we sleep.
  • Kind - type.

Sleeping Positions

If you want an insight into somebody's true personality, then try to catch a _1_ of the way they sleep.

Scientists believe the position in which a person goes to sleep provides an important clue about the _2_ of person they are.

Professor Chris Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, has analysed six common sleeping positions - and found that each is linked to a particular personality type.

"We are all aware of our body language when we are awake but this is the first time we have been able to see what our _3_ posture says about us.

"What's interesting is that the profile behind the posture is often very different from what we would expect."

The Foetus: Those who _4_ up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax.

This is the most _5_ sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

Log (15%): Lying on your side with both arms down by your side. These sleepers are easy going, social people who like being _6_ of the in-crowd, and who are trusting of strangers. However, they may be gullible.

The yearner (13%): People who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are said to have an open nature, but can be suspicious, cynical. They are slow to make up their minds, but once they have taken a _7_, they are unlikely ever to change it.

Soldier (8%): Lying on your back with both arms pinned to your sides. People who sleep in this position are generally quiet and reserved. They don't like a fuss, but set themselves and others high standards.

Freefall (7%): Lying on your front with your hands around the _8_ and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations.

Starfish (5%): Lying on your back with both arms up around the pillow. These sleepers make good friends because they are always ready to listen to others, and offer help when needed. They generally don't like to be the centre of _9_.

Health effects

Professor Idzikowski also examined the effect of various sleeping positions on health.
He concluded that the freefall position was good for digestion, while the starfish and soldier positions were more likely to lead to _10_ and a bad night's sleep.

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