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Sleeping Position Speaks A Lot About The Couples Relationship

Sharing a bed is sometimes one of the challenges of a relationship, even for couples deeply in love. Lisa, 33, in Wiesbaden says physical contact with her boyfriend// is something she can do without when she wants to go to sleep. Her boyfriend Martin used to be a cuddler but he isn't bothered by Lisa's desire not to.

"It was different with my previous girlfriend," Martin said. "But the way it is now is completely OK with me."

Both are fully satisfied with their relationship and with their sex life.

American researchers Mark Goulston and Samuell Dunkell would probably see it differently. They say a couple's sleep position reveals a lot about the state of the relationship.

The researchers have given names to different sleep positions and interpreted their meaning.

Couples who sleep back to back with their bottoms touching, for example, are bonded sexually and sensuously but might like independence.

What is commonly known as the spoon position, in which couples snuggle up to each other front to back, betrays a dominance of one partner over the other.

Couples freshly in love often sleep intertwined in a love knot, the researchers said.

A couple who don't touch at all over night and who turn their backs toward each other indicates tension, Goulston and Dunkell said.

But perhaps it is just a matter of comfort, as is the case with Lisa and Martin. They are, however, more of an exception because one partner's need to snuggle and another one's habit of pulling the covers off are things that sometimes lead to arguments.

Sleep specialists and relationship counsellors, however, warn not to read too much into the interpretations.

"Sleep habits are very individual and therefore shouldn't be overestimated," said Hamburg therapist Elmar Basse.

More than anything else they have to do with what a person is used to, and it is known that they
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