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Are You a Bear Hugger, a Cliffhanger or a Pet Blocker?

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New research has revealed exactly what your cuddle position in bed says about you, and the results might surprise you!

Researchers isolated the 10 most popular snuggle-sutra positions where body contact is at its peak and those who have less contact: back-to-back, spooners, pet block (pets coming between the couple), selfish caterpillar (one person is cocooned in the duvet), face-to-face (cuddling nose to nose), bear huggers, starfish, cliffhanger (one person dominating the space), loners (those who never touch), and even couples who top and tail.

The study by EveSleep quizzed Brits about their relationships and more, and the data revealed some unusual results.

Bear huggers are at their happiest in a romantic relationship, with 61% admitting that they love being in a couple and a further half (52%) describing themselves as good in bed.

Yet couples who top and tail enjoy the most date nights, going on eight a month, while couples who sleep back-to-back only go out together three times on a monthly basis.

But interestingly, couples who snuggle face-to-face are the most likely to describe their relationship as passionate (52%), while starfish have the most fiery partnership (25%).

Couples who position themselves back-to-back (70%) feel most secure in their relationships, while spooners are most likely to be in a loving relationship (74%).

And it’s bad news for loners, as these sleepers don’t share the same interests or hobbies as their partners and only get intimate five times, or less, a month.

The Snuggle-Sutra Report, commissioned by EveSleep, reveals that those who cuddle back-to-back only have four arguments a month, while starfish couples have at least six.

The biggest bookworms are pet blockers (27%) and selfish caterpillars (27%), while bear huggers are more likely to be the life and soul of the party (18%).

Face-to-face partners are most likely to share the same taste in films and books (72%), while one in two loners (51%) admits their tastes are more chalk and cheese.

Psychologist Jo Hemmings, who worked with EveSleep to analyse the research, said: “Cuddling in bed, whatever your style, releases the hormone oxytocin in the brain. Often known as the ‘cuddle hormone’, oxytocin calms you, relieves stress by reducing cortisol, and creates a healthy emotional bond between you and your partner.

“It’s no surprise then that this research shows that bear huggers, spooners, and face-to-face couples, where body contact is at its peak, are the most likely to be intimate with their partner, whereas those who have less contact in bed, such as loners, seem to concentrate more on their careers and socialising with friends.”

Lisa Richards, head of marketing at EveSleep, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s fascinating to see the broad variety of snuggle-sutra positions that are out there, and more importantly, what they say about the type of relationship you have with your partner.  Looking at the research, it appears that couples who lie back-to-back get a bad rep, with most films and TV shows representing them as having poor relationships, when in fact 7 in 10 feel they have the most secure relationships of all the couples.

“Of course, there is no right or wrong position to cuddle together in bed, and choosing the right mattress that supports your cuddling and sleeping position can help ensure that you are both in harmony with each other!”

When it comes to money, just 5% of back-to-back snugglers and loners earn £80,000 or more a year, while 15% of people who top and tail and 11% of selfish caterpillars are proud to admit they’re good earners.

Meanwhile, the research of 2,000 Britons reveals that loners (37%) and spooners (34%) are the most educated, having completed a university degree, and 3 in 10 back-to-backers describe themselves as optimistic, glass-half-full types.

Not surprisingly, the biggest animal lovers are pet blockers, with 41% admitting they prefer animals to humans; however, you’re more likely to be vegan if you top and tail (10%) or stretch out like a starfish (9%).

Furthermore, couples who embrace with a dog or cat in the bed have the most mellow relationships (83%) out of the different cuddle positions.

Meanwhile, those who describe their cuddle position as cliffhangers insist their relationship is the most fun (46%), while 39% of caterpillars say that when it comes to excitement, their partnership has it in spades.

Perhaps surprisingly, despite being far apart from each other, 47% of loners confess that they love being in a relationship.

And if you love food, it’s good news if you’re with a spooner, as 44% describe themselves as incredible chefs.

But watch your back if you’re in a top-tail relationship; 61% admit they are not that trustworthy.

Also, if you’re having problems nodding off, you may like to know that couples who cuddle in close proximity seem to get the most sleep, with bear huggers and face-to-face huggers banking at least seven hours a night.

However, almost a fifth of loners (19%) admit that they fall asleep easily.

Meanwhile, 3 in 10 cliffhangers confess they struggle to get to sleep every single night, while pet blockers find it difficult to nod off at least four times a week – so it’s no surprise that they describe themselves as night owls (45%).

The biggest nature lovers appear to be spooners, who enjoy getting outdoors together with a walk at least seven times a month, while cliffhangers will socialise with friends at least 10 times a month, enjoying five dinner parties and painting the town red with loved ones five times each month on average.

What your snuggle-sutra position says about you, according to research

Bear huggers: cuddle locked in an embrace

Most happy being in a relationship (61%)

Describe themselves as good in bed (52%)

Get the most sleep (seven hours a night)

Life and soul of the party (18%)

Back-to-back: cuddle with their backs facing each other

Only go out with their partner three times a month

Glass half-full types (30%)

Only 5% make £80,000 a year or more

Feel secure in their relationship (70%)

Argue four times a month

Spooners: cuddle on their side with one facing the others back

Most likely to be in a loving relationship (74%)

Good chefs (44%)

Have a degree (34%)

Enjoy getting back to nature with seven walks a month together

Pet blockers: pet snuggles between them and their partner

Biggest bookworms (27%)

Have the most mellow relationships (83%)

Struggle to fall asleep four times a week on average

Are night owls (46%)

Face-to-face: partners cuddle nose to nose

Have passionate relationships (52%)

Share the same taste in films and books as their partner (72%)

Get at least seven hours of sleep a night

Starfish: both spread out and dominate the bed

Have the most fiery partnerships (25%)

Likely to be vegan (9%)

Have the most arguments (six a month on average)

Cliffhangers: partners are squeezed to the very edge of the bed

Have the most fun relationships (46%)

Struggle to sleep every night (30%)

Enjoy five dinner parties with friends a month

Go out with friends five times a month

Loners: each partner lies on a separate side of the bed

Love being in a relationship (47%)

Don’t share the same cultural tastes as their partner (51%)

Not big earners: make less than £80,000 a year (95%)

Educated to university level or higher (37%)

Couples who top and tail: partners cuddle each other from either end of the bed

Go on the most date nights – eight a month on average

Not trustworthy (61%)

Most likely to be vegan (10%)

The highest earners, making at least £80,000 a year (15%)

Selfish caterpillars: one person is cocooned in the duvet

Make £80,000 a year or more (11%)

Biggest bookworms (27%)

Have exciting relationships (39%)

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