These are the best sleeping positions based on your zodiac sign—so you'll finally get a great night's sleep

Turns out that sleeping properly could have more to do with your birthday than the mattress you pick out

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Getting a proper night’s sleep is fundamental to a functional life—so how can we maximize our chances of feeling well-rested on a daily basis? Turns out it could have something to do with our zodiac sign.

We asked expert astrologist Inbaal Honigman about how our birth date impacts us under the sheets, and which are the best sleeping positions for each sign. After all, zodiac signs say a lot about our spending habits, as well as the best sex positions to try, so it’s no wonder that they could influence the way we sleep, too.

After you've finished learning about how understanding your star sign could help you sleep better, you might also want to take a look at our guide to the best pillows for every sleeping position. 

Virgo

According to Honigman, Virgo is actually the most sensible sign, choosing "the wholesome option every time". It comes as no surprise, then, that Virgos like sleeping on their side, a position that, according to Julie, reduces joint and back pains and even lowers the risk of snoring (and if you're partner's the snorer, the risk of lying away with snoring-induced insomnia for you). 

Libra

The mummy position calls for sleeping on your back with your spine, neck, and head aligned—and it's a widespread go-to way of resting, which is why Librans tend to prefer it, says Honigman. "Librans might not naturally sleep on their backs but if you tell them that it's a healthy way, they'll train themselves to lay that way until it becomes a habit," says the astrologer. 

Capricorn

The freefaller is a slightly odd position in which the sleeper extends his or her arms on either side while bending knees. "The position isn't for everyone," says Honigman. "But the unusual combination [...] demonstrates that the sleeper is a person of unique tastes and quirky standards. Someone like a Capricorn."

Aries and Scorpio

Aries and Scorpio both share the same preferred sleeping position, according to Honigman. Although Aries is "fiery and extroverted" while Scorpio is "watery and shy," the two signs are always "on the go" when awake—which is why the soldier position comes in handy when trying to fully recharge their inner batteries. 

The position calls for sleeping on your back, with your legs straight out and your arms by your side. According to Julie Jennings, an independent occupational therapist at HSL, the soldier, "can benefit your sleep hygiene as it can help spread pressure evenly across the length of the spine, neck, and arms." One note, though: only use a single pillow when resting in this manner.

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Taurus

Taurus likes to defy orders, says Honigman. Hence their preference to sleep on their stomach, which, according to Julie, is a big no-no because of the inability to keep your spine in a neutral position. However, "the star sign of Taurus, the bull, will not be told what's right and what's wrong," says Honigmanl. "When they get to bed, they dive right in, and that's it—you won't hear a peep until sunrise." It's unlikely this sign will be waking up in the middle of the night, or exasperated by nightmares...

Gemini and Aquarius

Honigman suggests that both Aquarians and Geminis sleep in the yearner position, which calls for laying on your side with arms outstretched. "They only go to bed if they absolutely have to, because there's still so much to do and to discover!" says Honigman about the two signs. Hence their arms are stretched out—as if trying to reach for something.

Cancer and Pisces

The fetal position should be the go-to for both Cancerians and Pisceans, says Honigman. Why? "Both are signs that love to love," she says. "They adore human contact and the sensation of being encircled by somebody." In fact, the fetal position—which is one of the most common ways to sleep—it's like a full-body cuddle. According to Julie, resting this way is also great for lower back pain and helps reduce snoring.

Leo and Sagittarius

It's the starfish for Leo and Sagittarius, who, according to Inbal, "need to know what goes on in every corner over the bed and have limbs in different postcodes." Although counterintuitive, Julie notes that the position protects against shoulder, neck, and lower back pains. It's particularly great if you work at a desk all day.


woman&home thanks astrologist Inbaal Honigman, who has teamed up with Furniture specialist HSL (opens in new tab) to look at the very best sleep positions.

Anna Rahmanan

Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets. 

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