It can often be difficult to know if you are getting enough quality sleep. You can use this quick self-check to evaluate your sleeping habits and your sleep hygiene to help you decide where you need to make changes to improve poor sleep to your best sleep!
To get started, take a few minutes to ask yourself the questions below:
- Are you tired mid-day, even after you have gotten enough sleep?
- Do you wake up frequently during the night?
- Does it take you over 30 minutes to fall asleep after you get into bed?
- Are you feeling more stressed out, emotional, or irritable than usual?
- Do you have difficulty staying awake and concentrating throughout the day?
- Do you have trouble waking up in the morning?
If you found yourself answering yes to a majority of these questions, chances are you are probably experiencing poor sleep. It may be time to adjust your sleep schedule and sleep hygiene to improve your quality and quantity of sleep. Here are a few tips:
- Have a consistent sleep schedule, wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day.
- Make sure your schedule allows you to get a full night's sleep, adults need 7-9 hours per night.
- Limit the amount of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages you are drinking each day.
- Exposure to sunlight in the morning can help reset your circadian rhythms.
- Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable, dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.
- Avoid electronics in the bedroom.
- Stay active throughout the day.
Our quality of sleep affects many aspects of our lives including our physical and mental health. It is important to get a quality amount of sleep to ensure that we are ready to tackle each day with enough energy! If you have any further questions regarding your quality of sleep, contact us today, we are here to help you!