Have you ever woken up from the longest sleep, feeling just as tired as when you snuggled up in bed hours before? Well, it could have been something to do with the quality of your night’s sleep.
All too often when we think of good, healthy sleep, we think of getting a certain amount of sleep every night. But sleep quantity isn’t all that matters if you want to get the best night’s sleep possible. The quality of our rest is just as important.
A quality night’s sleep refers to how well you sleep and simply put, looks like getting consistent sleep that allows your body to rest and maintain its overall health.
To consider if you’re getting good quality sleep, ask yourself:
- How quickly do you fall asleep?
- How much time do you spend sleeping vs trying to sleep?
- When do you sleep within a 24-hour period?
- Are you alert and able to maintain wakefulness during the day?
- Do you feel well rested upon waking and throughout the day?
Overall, if you fall asleep within 20 minutes, spend more time sleeping than trying to sleep, have a consistent sleep routine and feel awake and rested throughout the day, you’re probably enjoying some good quality sleep!
Well, factors such as sleep disorders and other health conditions could be affecting the quality of your sleep. Alongside this, having young children, dealing with stress and the impact of technology in the evening could be influencing your sleep quality.
Quality over Quantity
Generally, the quality of our sleep is just as important as the quantity. However, getting 4 hours of good sleep could be more beneficial than 8 hours of disturbed sleep.
To improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep, you can:
- Address any underlying issues impacting your sleep
- Make lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise or cutting out the caffeine in the hours before bed
- Invest in your sleep environment and make sure your mattress, bedding, and surroundings are as comfortable as possible
- Reduce your screen time before bed
- Practice good sleep hygiene such as maintaining the same bedtime and winding down before bed with a mellow playlist and a green tea
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