If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, there’s a good chance you aren’t listening to your sleep language. But what is your sleep language?
According to experts, the five sleep languages are:
- The Gifted Sleeper
- The Words of Worry Sleeper
- The Routine Perfectionist Sleeper
- The Too Hot to Handle Sleeper
- The Light as A Feather Sleeper
Being able to identify which categories you fall into will help you know where to focus your efforts to improve your sleep. Basic sleep hygiene is always helpful for everyone, but certain techniques might help improve your sleep quality and daily routine around sleep.
The Gifted Sleeper
The gifted sleeper is the one who can sleep anywhere, anytime. They pride themselves on the ability to fall asleep easily in any situation and can usually get into bed and fall asleep straight away.
If you identify with this sleep style, its best to optimise your sleep by keeping your bedroom quiet, dark, cool and comfortable as often as possible.
The Words of Worry Sleeper
This sleeper is the one whose anxious thoughts keep them up at night. If you identify with this sleep language you will most likely have a busy brain at night, filled with ‘what ifs’ and ‘should’s’. These can be random thoughts or worries about things going on in life and in the future whether based in reality or not.
This person’s ideal sleep scenario would look like a strong wind down routine, giving them time to quiet the brain and body before bed. Their room would be quiet, dark, cool and comfortable and they may like to use lavender to help their brain and body relax.
The Routine Perfectionist Sleeper
The routine perfectionist sleeper is the one with the regimented routine. They tend to be very rigid about behaviours and situations surrounding their sleep and typically they fear a bad nights sleep. If something is outside of their typical routine at night, they worry they won’t be able to get to sleep and their anxiety about sleep can even keep them up.
If you identify with this sleep style, you’d want to follow a proper sleep hygiene (a cool, dark, quiet room is ideal), having a focus on “perfect” conditions can actually heighten your worry about sleep. Work to be okay with things not always being perfect and find a mattress comfortable to you, bedding you like and a dark room but don’t be tied down in case something changes.
The Too Hot to Handle Sleeper
This sleep style is someone who is prone to overheating. This sleeper often wakes up covered in sweat and finds it hard to fall or stay asleep as a result of being too hot. This sleeper style is common in women going through peri/menopause and having hot flushes. Sometimes you may even go to bed feeling comfortable or even cold then you wake up in the middle of the night in sweat or throwing off your covers.
An ideal sleep situation for this sleeper is to have a really cool bedroom and use thin clothing and sheets/comforters. If you are a cold sleeper but your sleep partner is hot, have two twin sized comforters on the bed instead of one large one, so you each get what you need. If you’re all about the aesthetics, putting a large coverlet over the comforters in the morning also helps the bed look more cohesive.
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The Light as a Feather Sleeper
The light as a feather sleeper is someone who is typically always tired. They may sleep through the night, but find their sleep isn’t ever deep enough. They often wake up feeling drained and like they didn’t get the benefits of a full night’s sleep. This could be due to a number of reasons, whether substances/mediations are lightening your sleep, not prioritizing sleep or even sleep disorders such as sleepwalking/sleep talking, restless legs or teeth grinding.
If you identify with this sleep language, you want to make sure you have a cool, dark, and quiet room and a comfortable mattress. Since you might be more sensitive to light and sound, it is best to really mitigate any of those issues, as well as finding a mattress that is really comfortable for you and a bed partner.