A new study reaffirms that this sleeping position is the overall best

According to a survey of 1,021 people from The Sleep Judge, people who sleep in this position are much more content and motivated at work.

We recently learned that if you have been sleeping on your side or stomach, you could be putting your health at more risk then if you slept on your back.

And now, according to new data, it seems that if you don’t sleep on your back you could also be hurting your career.


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According to a survey of 1,021 people from The Sleep Judge, 32% of people who sleep on their backs every night reported feeling content and 16% of them reported feeling motivated when they woke up. Though out of the stomach sleepers 36% felt content, only 13% felt motivated.

Plus 64% of back sleepers said they had quality sleep while that number was only 57% for stomach sleepers. And for fetal position sleepers, only 7% said they were motivated the next day. Check out the chart below for more stats on moods after sleeping positions.

As for how many people jump right out of bed and start thinking about work immediately, it’s actually almost the same amount of people whether you slept well or slept poorly (27% versus 26%.) However, for those who did report sleeping poorly 31% of them think about sleep when they wake up. For those who slept well:

  • 16% think about food (because breakfast is the best)
  • 9% think about family first
  • 6% think about their pets or their romantic relationship (that says a lot about our society)
  • 3% think about coffee (which seems quite small as coffee is my main motivation for getting out of bed)
  • 3% think about the bathroom (never underestimate the power of bodily function)
  • 2% think about money (not too many Gordon Gekkos anymore)
  • And a lucky 10% think about absolutely nothing!

Interestingly, the generation that thinks about work the most are Millennials at 30% (they thought about the bathroom the least at 2%.) They were followed by Gen X at 27% and Baby Boomers at 19%. Men think about work first more than women at 31% versus 23%.


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Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.