Sleeping with Arms Crossed over Chest Meaning

Of all the different sleeping positions, sleeping with your arms crossed over your chest is an interesting position.

Like all sleeping positions, it may hold some answers or insight into your personality, how you sleep, and much more as I will explain.

Beliefs and Tales about Sleeping with Crossed Arms

There are two old wives tales if you like about sleeping in this position.

One is that you’re a vampire as this always seems to be the sleeping position portrayed in movies and books about vampires.

Without going too far off topic, ever wondered why vampires sleep with their arms across their chests?

To protect their heart of course!

The second belief is that you will have nightmares if you sleep with folded arms.

I’ve heard this a few times before and it seems like a widespread tale. But again, there’s no scientific evidence to substantiate this so don’t worry!

The Psychology behind Sleeping with Folded Arms Across Your Chest

Studying the body language of someone who folds their arms while they’re awake gives an insight into their personality and feelings that transcend to sleeping too.

Folding or crossing your arms often reveals one or more of the following about you:

  • You are self-comforting by giving yourself a hug
  • You are stressed
  • You feel insecure and vulnerable
  • You’re anxious or nervous
  • You’re frustrated or restraining yourself
  • You’re asserting power or dominance over others

As you can see, there are a lot of negative emotions and actions attached with folding arms. It’s a very defensive posture.

So, what does it mean if you sleep with your arms folded?

Much the same as the body language while you’re awake.

While we sleep however we are much less consciously aware of what we’re doing, so while you might correct your posture when you’re awake you can’t always do this when you sleep.

Ask yourself the following questions to find out why you’re folding your arms and why it’s a comforting position to sleep in:

  • Are you lonely or in need of a hug at night?
  • Are you stressed out?
  • Do you feel insecure or vulnerable?
  • Are you anxious or nervous?
  • Do you feel the need to be defensive or push others away?

Sleeping in this position is revealing something along the lines of the above. It’s very defensive and self-comforting, especially if you have a partner lying next to you. Not too dissimilar to the topic of putting a pillow between you and a partner I covered before.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above address these issues in your life and see if you notice yourself starting to adopt a different, more open and relaxing sleeping position.