The only thing that gets many sleep-deprived parents and professionals through the day (other than several cups of coffee) is the prospect of getting a great night’s sleep. You know that at some point, the day will end, and you can rest your head and dream sweet dreams. Sometimes that feeling pops up after a rough afternoon, but for many, those feelings of hope begin first thing in the morning.
But what happens when that beautiful sleep you’ve been looking forward to ends up being a nightmare of tossing and turning? What if you can’t turn off your mind and enjoy a full eight hours of peace, rest, and comfort?
If your sleeping habits are keeping you awake at night, you don’t have to take this fate lying down. Let’s look at some important sleep facts and tips that can help you find your way to dreamland.
According to Reach Out, you can gauge your sleep quality based on a few simple tests. You’re probably getting a good night’s sleep if:
You can fall asleep within 20 minutes
You don’t wake up more than twice a night (this includes all instances of waking up, even if you don’t actually get out of bed)
You don’t feel tired during the day
You can focus on tasks during the day
You feel energised during the day
If you exhibit most of these, you may be sleeping better than you realise.
However, the following can indicate your current sleep habits aren’t working for you:
In a perfect world, there would be a simple answer to how much sleep our bodies need each night. In reality, the answer is a bit more complicated and largely depends on age.
Adults should get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night, while younger sleepers should get nine or more. Babies need to sleep between 14 and 17 hours per day, and it’s common for young kids who still take a nap to sleep as much as 12 hours per day.
However, research shows that roughly one out of three people doesn’t get enough sleep: 30% of all adults in Australia average 4-6 hours of sleep, while 2% routinely operate under four hours of sleep.
One of the chief causes of sleepiness is self-imposed sleep deprivation. The good news about this is that it’s fully within your control to remedy!
There are several sleep-boosting hacks like exercising, avoiding blue light exposure in the evening, and creating a bedroom oasis to improve your sleep quality and duration. Science suggests that making your bed can help you sleep better. It curbs the chaos and clutter of the room and creates a comfortable, organised bed to fall into at night.
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There’s no doubt that sleep is essential for functioning. The busier you are, the more important it is to get a good night’s rest that will leave you in a total zen state so you can start the day fresh.