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Sleep Positions: the trapeze


About the trapeze

Back when sleep analysis was its infancy, the 'egg position' was assumed to be a foetal return to the womb and this mysterious position was assumed to repersent an outgoing and adventurouse nature (much like 'the star' is viewed today.)

However, for a number of reasons, these views are now being challenged by today's sleep research experts. These new interpretationsis partly due to new technology and more accurate and indepth studies, but mainly down to the need for sleep analysts to publish new books and articles and make themselves appear more 'cutting edge' than their peers.

Current research indicates that although the adult mind does seek out the comfort of the maternal womb during sleep, the curled up foetal position is not a position that most adults will assume, as there is no time in adult life when this position seems natural.

Relabelling the foetal postion as 'the egg,' and drawing new conclusions as to its meaning, experts now believe that the trapeze position is an indication that the sleeper is subconsciously seeking the comfort of the womb.

As most babies are upside down in the womb (in preparation for birth), the adult mind seeks out an equivalent adult situation of being upside down in order to translate the womb experience into an adult setting that makes logical sense. For most people, thinking of hanging upside down induces thoughts of circus performers, hence the adoption of the trapeze position.