When you’re busy working and living your busy, hectic life, it’s easy to neglect your sleep. It’s often only when our sleep pattern becomes seriously disrupted that we realize just how important a good night's sleep really is. For many of us, getting a consistent amount of sleep every night is a challenge at the best of times.
Sleeping well should be one of the main pillars of your holistic well-being plan. Just like eating well and taking regular exercise, sleep is considered important for both our short and long-term physical and mental health. For more information, we invite you to take a look at our infographic on the science behind a perfect night’s sleep:
Thankfully, scientists have been concerned with sleep research for many years and the tips offered in the above infographic are based on years of studies aimed at improving sleep quality. But before we even consider how to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to understand what a good night's sleep is. The National Sleep Foundation recently explained how the typical good night's sleep for an adult should be like. Here are four factors to consider:
1. You take half an hour or less to fall asleep.
2. You wake up no more than once per night.
3. If you do wake up in the middle of the night, you fall back asleep within 20 minutes.
4. You’re asleep for at least 85% of the time you spend in bed.
If you are regularly meeting all four of these factors then, in general, you don’t have any problems with sleep. However, if you or your family are regularly failing to meet one of the factors then it is likely that your sleep pattern has room for improvement.
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