Is it normal for someone to sleep on his/her back with the knees bent up? I apparently sleep in this position sometimes and it disturbs my husband's sleep. What could cause this unusual sleeping position?
There is nothing wrong with sleeping in this position. It may be that it is simply more comfortable for your legs or back and thus your body "defaults" to this as as a sleeping position at night. Have you ever, for example, had a back problem or some other physical problem involving your stomach? Perhaps you simply like sleeping in a fetal position (it's the most common), but you attempt to do this while you are still on your back. It could also be due to the shape of your mattress or that your husband's weight pulls you toward the middle of the bed.
If your husband is regularly having his sleep disturbed by this, you might think about ways of keeping you from sleeping on your back, much like people who snore have to do. Positioning of pillows in the middle of the bed can help. You might also try sewing something hard to the back of your night clothes so that you can't get comfortable on your back. Once you get out of the routine of sleeping on your back, you can remove the pillows and the addition to your pajamas.
Here are some articles you might find helpful:
12 Tips for Getting Healthy Sleep
How Sleep Affects Overall Health
Rocking Yourself to Sleep Can Benefit Adults
I'm up late researching this, as my husband does this as well. He is 34 (and a Capricorn :) Sometimes it's one leg, sometimes it's both. I usually use my foot to slide his legs back down. But he also lifts his arms into the air - sometimes just holding them there, but usually he puts his hand on his forehead, elbow in the air. Sometimes it's just arms, or legs, or both. I worry that this disturbes his sleep, as he does have a sleep disorder - but I don't think it's related to this behavior. It's more disturbing for me, as when his arms fall, they often fall on me. I don't recall him doing this years ago though, and am wondering if it could be stress-related? Has anyone noticed if this behavior occurs when you are stressed?
I am similiar to your husband. I sleep on my back, but usually find myself with one leg held straiht up to the ceiling from the hip and or one arm. Would to love to know why. I'm tired all the time and have done it for years. Iyt not painful, but usual comfortable. What do they called this condition?
I just thought I'd add to this, that both my 13 year old daughter, and my x-husband (her father) also sleep on their backs with their knees bent, it doesn't seem to be all the time, only occasionally, but I find it strange that it seems to be heriditary. Both are the same birth sign, Aquarius. Not sure, I'm at a loss, but I'm worried that when she gets older she'l lhave the same issues you're having. I don't know.
i do this too and i am also an aquarius.this may be a coincidence. it's been freaking me out a little because ill wake up as i'm doing this and it's a bit strange.
very relieve to find others that do this too though.
I have just been looking on the internet for info on this sleeping habit. Not much luck. My boyfriend has told me that I have been doing it for a while and it disturbs his sleep. Apparently I bend my knees up and then slowly let them drop so that I am laying flat & I do this repeatedly throughout the night. I have been suffering from leg pain recently and also horrible leg cramps in the night and wondered if this habit was related.
Haha...I am a Capricorn by the way, so it looks unlikely that starsign is a connection ;-)
Very strange! This is EXACTLY what my boyfriend does... as they slip down/to the side he jolts them back... eventually I push them down for him or he turns over! He's 28 and born in April so I don't see a connection.... very funny though!
I've just woken up from yet another sleep with my knees in the air! I am turning 30 on April the 23rd & have been doing this for about the last 6 months I think...I don't find it very comfortable, my mrs always pushes my legs down or rolls me over but I always end up the same! I often wake up & go "dammit" & put them down as it is uncomfortable but end up the same after I fall asleep!
I have also been told that I sometimes sleep on my back with my knees bent up. Not sure how long this has been happening but at least a few years now. I was born in July of 79. Turning 30 this year- not sure if age makes a difference. After I was told, I think I noticed it once but not sure if I was dreaming it.
I do the exact same thing with my knees as well as place both my arms above my head. I'd also like to add that I am also an aquarius...pertaining to a comment. I have yet to find any further info on why I do this, as it doesn't seem matter the mattress or pillows I use to prevent it.
And I thought I was the only one with such a peculiar sleeping habit. I do the same with my knees, holding them up high and constantly trying to regain balance when they drop. Supposedly I also hold have my palm on my head and erect my elbow and balance my elbow on top of my head. I am a Caprocorn though, and I don't see how this can mean anything, but nevertheless any information would be great so I can explain to my partner why I do these peculiar things at night.. lol
I have recently been sleeping with my knees up, too. Incidentally, it all began when I needed to leave graduate school and move back home to take care of my father who was dying from cancer. For 2-3 months I was living at home and basically spending my time in sitting positions, i.e. while sitting with my dad watching movies, spending time with him (he was bedridden at that point), and whenever I wasn't with him I'd just be sitting at my computer or watching tv on the couch. I didn't really go out or spend time exercising. To make matters worse, when I'd go to sleep I would put a pillow under my knees, as it just wasn't comfortable for me to sleep with my legs straight.
After my father died, I moved away to live with my boyfriend and I told him that it was uncomfortable to sleep with my legs straight. A week later he tells me that he will wake up and see me sleeping with my legs bent. This threw me off because I had never done that before. It also disturbed me because when I was back home with my father, he would always be laying there on the bed with his knees bent. My family would tell him that he needed to stretch his legs out in order to prevent cramping, but that was very painful for him to do. He was suffering from cachexia (wasting away) already, so his muscles were atrophying.
It never occurred to me that perhaps I was going through this too..that my muscles were shortening. I only realized this when my boyfriend told me that I probably have been sleeping like this because my hamstrings were shortening, from sitting all day and not walking around/exercising. He also said that if I were to let this continue to happen I would eventually develop lower back problems. No idea where he learned this from but that is why I love him! :) We are both biology majors but I don't remember learning this specifically from anatomy/physiology, but he does do a lot of martial arts and weight lifting. But it does really make sense if you think about it.
Basically our muscles adapt (in this case atrophy/shorten) because our bodies want to conserve energy. It costs a lot of energy to maintain muscle, and if it is not in use, why should our bodies work to maintain it? I looked up "hamstring shortening" on the web and found this website, which gives a good explanation: http://www.magicalrobot.org/BeingHuman/2011/03/office-ergonomics-why-sitting-will-kill-you.
I don't know if this is what everyone is suffering from, but hopefully for some it will explain what is going on. With the elbow-bending, it could also be the same thing, just with your biceps experiencing the same shortening (sitting in front of computer or doing activities with your arms bent somehow). What I would suggest is to simply do a bit of walking and stretching every day at the very least and to conscientiously try to sleep with your legs straight. Do NOT sleep with a pillow under your knees as this will exacerbate the problem!
Btw, I'm a gemini. Just wanted to put that in there ^ ^
i hold my hands on my stomach and only have one leg up in the air. i fall asleep on my stomach. i seem to toss and turn for awhile before i end up on my back. i have been diagnosed with a couple sleep disorders- insomnia- but is not too bad now and sleep delayed phase syndrome. capricorn :-)
Wow, what a coincidence, I do the same thing (I think without my leg dropping). I was also born in July and I'm turning 30 this year as well !!
It doesn't bother me at all, I actually think it's probably good for keeping a straight back.
oh wow, I do the same thing now.
You see for many years but only once a year I used to sleep like I was sitting on a chair only on my back, I even had my hands across my chest like I was sitting politely in a meeting.
However it has been for 2,3 weeks now that I bend my knees and they fall and I regain balance and it becomes so annoying for my husband that he does the same thing as all of your significant others are doing, pushing my legs down so that my knees are not bent anymore.
I don't know why this is, I would like to know though. Please let me know if you have found any info about this.
My girlfriend is getting the same with her knees. but hers are aching in the morning after sleep all night like it.
Is their any reason to be concerned?
I am a 25 yr old female who does this pretty much every night, much to the dismay of my boyfriend. I always start on my stomach, my preferred position, than somewhere mid sleep I end up on my back again with knees up. My legs also end up falling to the side, pulling the sheets with them, and off my boyfriend. He usually ends up laying down my legs. I wish I knew why this happened.
When I was younger I think I had seen that my dad slept with his knees up as well, and one of my cousins on my dad's side also does, so maybe it is hereditary?... hope that helps.
you see this all the time when camping, you raise your leags over your body to keep blood in your cheast, you dont do it on purpus. ive done it durring 2 things takeing place, eather i was really sick or was really cold. its normal
I also do this. I am 39 years old. I have been doing this for about the last year and it is very discomforting. One of my knees always drops to the side, without me knowing it, obviously as I am sleeping. However, when I wake up, I can hardly move as my lower back and hip are in tremendous pain from being in that position with a leg hanging over like that. I try to start off sleeping on my side, but every night I end up on my back with knees bent up.
My boyfriend does the same thing - i think its actually quite funny - he's 32 and a taurus - so i'm not sure there's a connection there!
my boyfriend does the exact same thing, but also will put one hand to his head with his elbow in the air, like he is posing for a picture or will just raise one arm in the air and hold it there. Everytime he jolts his legs back up or throws his arms around he wakes me up! This is becoming a serious problem as I cannot get almost any sleep when we sleep in the same bed.......and I end up having to send him to a different room to sleep...
It is a subconscious sexual need. Try getting laid before bedtime and you will sleep like a baby...and so will hubby.
I have the same habit, I can't sleep without my knees bent up and pertaining to an earlier comment I also like my arms above my head. The most interesting tidbit of information I've found out about this was from my yoga instructor (I asked b/c I also like to bend my knees up in yoga when we are supposed to be lying with legs down) and she said it's either a habit or eases back pain/discomfort. So if any of you have lower back pain that may be it, otherwise I think it is likely just a strange habit possibly learned from an early age.
Last one...if you are experiencing stress or anxiety you might find it difficult to eat or drink causing de-hydration or lack of nourishment, which in turn will cause stress on the body. You might even find that you have headaches on top of the muscle tension when sleeping. Seeking a psychiatrist and psychologist can go miles for your mental health speaking from experience. When mentally sound your body should follow pursuit, especially if you are able to work out. I used to be on anxiety medication until I started working out heavily. Working out increased my endorphins and I actually forgot to take my medicaiton for two days...because I just didn't need it. The working out/endorphins released the built up anxiety.
In other words...de-hydration.
Hopefully this one goes through after registering. Last one I type otherwise.
I disagree that this is normal because my eight year old son used to also sleep like this. But now, as of a week, he sleeps like a baby. On top of his knees being in the air I noticed his hands were folded across his chest and at times his lips would be chapped...even white!
Like most of you I just pushed down his knees at first and thought it was a kid thing being my first eight year old. Once I used my common sense and noticed that he was in the fetal position or "body survival mode" I took action.
1. Glass of water before bed.
2. I have shown him how to stretch his legs and bodybefore going to sleep. I massaged his legs the first two nights.
You see, my little creative genius or Aquarius son, has a busy mind and forgets to drink his fluids. Don't rule out the sun signs. They can tell you a great deal at times.
Hope this helps atleast one person,
Virgo (The analyst and unsung hero of the zodiac)
Here's yet another person who has this problem of the knees falling over during sleep. It feels very comfortable to me, and I also usually sit on the couch with my knees bent beside me. The sleeping situation bothers my husband and he is always pushing my knees down or away. I can say that I do have lower back problems. I have heard that tight hamstrings can cause lower back pain because they pull on the lower back. Still, it doesn't seem to make sense that we keep letting them fall and pulling them back up again! I have noticed that my daughter does this as well, and sometimes sleeps with one leg crossed on top of the other. I wonder if we did really good stretching before bed if we'd have the same problem? Would sure like to know how to fix it!
I do this too! I'm the only one in the family as far as I know. I'm a leo, turning 16. I wake up in the middle of the night to find myself doing this but i'm not sure if my knees fall over? I thought it was quite weird, I found myself doing it last night and finally decided I would try to figure out what it means.
I am desperate for a solution. If I don't find one, my wife will stop sleeping with me. Most (but not all) nights, I bend my knees. I can even cross my legs as if sitting, with me on my back, one leg bend with my foot on the sheets and the other leg crossed over my knee! I usually have no idea I am doing this. What irritates my wife is that my heels slip against the sheet. So rather than my knees falling over, my heels slide as if my legs are trying to go straight again and I catch it and jerk it back up. I usually feel her kick my legs and I wake up. My 8 year old daughter also does this. It usually only happens in the summer months when I kick the sheets off from me. The weight of a quilt seems to help. I am wondering about not enough leg activity during the day or going to bed too late being part of it. I'm going to test it out.
I'm also turning 17 in a few months, and also a Taurus. I've woken up with my knees bent, and when I wake up my knees just feel weird.. However I've also noticed that this has started ever since I began my Junior Year, which is notoriously known in my school for being the hardest year. I think that it comes from stress, but also from sitting in school and at home too much (with my knees bent) while doing homework, essays, etc. I just hope it stops after this year :/
Just so you know, that is not actually what lucid dreaming is. Lucid dreaming is when you are actually asleep and actually dreaming, but you are able to be aware of the fact that you are dreaming and control what happens. What you're describing may be closer to awareness during sleep paralysis. This happens when you are still in the REM stage of sleep, and therefore dreaming, but you wake up. During REM, your muscles are paralyzed except for your eyes. People often have visual/auditory/olfactory/tactile hallucinations, too, because the brain is still sending those random messages that create dreams.
Anyway, I also sleep with my knees up, and they fall on my boyfriend and wake him up. It's interesting to me that it seems to be a pretty common thing. It's also hilarious that so many people seem to think it may be related to their astrological sign.
Count me in as another one who sleeps on their back with their knees up!
I was also unaware of this until I got married, and my husband informed me. While he thought it was weird at first, he doesn't mind it and lets me stay like that, when I get in that position.
I will agree with what someone else said - my legs and butt ache the mornings after I sleep like this. But I figure it's like working out in my sleep!
Also, I'm a scorpio, so definitely nothing to do with your sign ;)
35/M/Gemini LOL... I thought for sure I wouldn't find ANYTHING online about this. My wife tells me I do this all night. My legs, butt and back feel like I ran a marathon in the morning and I'm in pain all day and I'm like a zombie. I can't imagine one could be fully asleep while doing this.
I do suffer from lower back pain. I may be pulling my legs up to comfort the back pain. Whatever this is, it needs to be corrected. It is like torture, and the couple of docs I've told haven't had much response.
It may be Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. This is a link to Web MD. Hope this helps someone.
I was diagnosed with periodic limb movement disorder earlier this year after my husband discovered that my legs tremor during the night. I had a sleep study done to confirm the diagnosis. Sometime later this year, my husband noticed that I frequently sleep on my back with my knees bent. I mainly notice this, because I often wake up in this position and my legs ache. I have wondered if this is related to PLMD.
I straighten my 10 year old daughter's legs every night when I check on her. I always have thought it would just be bad circulation for her legs and not fully rested sleep. I just actually came out the room and thought I would google it...as I basically do everything to start investigating.......
The most startling thing is the coincidence that she too, is an Aquarian. VERY interesting to me, after seeing the comments.....