sleeping positions

You might think that your romantic plans for Valentine's Day speak volumes about your relationship - but in fact it could be how you share a bed with your partner that is most revealing.

According to recent statistics, 94% of couples who are in contact with each other while they sleep are in a happy relationship.

However, if you sleep with your backs to one another and prefer your own space, it doesn't spell trouble - this can actually signify both closeness and independence.

Relationship psychologist Corinne Sweet has revealed the eight most common positions in which couples sleep together and what they mean.

Liberty – meaning back-to-back without touching (27%)

Couples are connected and secure in themselves. This position shows both closeness and independence in the relationship.

Cherish – back-to-back touching (23%)

The couple is relaxed and comfortable with one another – often common in new relationships.

Spooning – front-to-back touching (18%)

A traditional position, where one partner takes a protective stance over the other.

Lovers' Knot – face-to-face, legs interwined for 10 minutes, then separate (8%)

A compromise between intimacy and independence, allowing for the best of both worlds.

The Romantic – one partner with head on the other's chest (4%)

Often seen in early relationships, this position represents vibrant, passionate or rekindled love.

Pillow Talk – face-to-face without touching (3%)

This position shows a need for intimacy and close communication.

Superhero – lying in a starfish position with partner hanging off the bed (3%)

One partner dominates the space, while the other takes a secondary role.

The Lovers – face-to-face with legs intertwined all night (2%)

Romantic and very intimate, this position also shows a lack of independence from each other.

Ultimate guide to sleeping positions