Ensuring you’re sleeping well should be central to your overall well-being plan but often it’s only when our sleep pattern becomes disrupted that we realize just how important a good night’s sleep is.
Getting a consistent amount of sleep every night is a challenge at the best of times; thankfully scientists have been concerned with sleep research for many years and their tips are based on years of research aimed at improving sleep quality.
We already know that what you eat, and levels of exercise effect how well you sleep but today we look deeper in to the science behind sleeping well. However, 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 exactly what a good night’s sleep is with these four factors:
- You take half an hour or less to fall asleep.
- You wake up no more than once per night.
- If you do wake up in the middle of the night, you fall back asleep within 20 minutes.
- You’re asleep for at least 85% of the time you spend in bed.
Regularly meeting all four of these factors generally means you don’t have any problems with sleep. But if you are regularly failing to meet one of the factors then it’s likely your sleep pattern has room for improvement.
Now that you know what exactly is good sleep, check out the following infographic created by De Vere, to know about the science behind good sleep: