You didn’t sleep well last night. It’s easy to tell because you feel it. You have bags under your eyes. You’re having a problem concentrating. You can’t remember what your boss just asked you to do. And you keep yawning. As in non...stop...yawning. But what would happen if it were the opposite? If last night you didn’t sleep poorly, but instead you had gotten a great night’s sleep.
How Do I Know I Slept Well
Are there tell-tale signs to let you know that you slept well at night?
- You fell asleep in less than 30 minutes. Don’t worry if you didn’t, because you can still have a good night’s rest even if at the beginning of your slumber you were awake a bit longer than you would have preferred. Sometimes our minds are racing with thoughts of things that happened during the day or worries about tomorrow. Once we clear our heads of these thoughts, sleep comes more easily. The sleep that we get during the night is definitely more important than how long it took us to fall asleep.
- You didn’t wake up during the night. If you did wake up, you only woke up once during the night and you fell back asleep within 20 minutes. I have a tendency to wake up multiple times during the night. When I only wake up once during the night, I know I have a good day ahead.
- You slept for a total of 7 to 9 hours. Most people should aim to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Some people need a drop more or a drop less sleep, but you are the only one who can determine what the ideal amount of sleep is for you. To achieve this, you should make sure to go to bed early enough every night that there will be at least 8 hours (or 7, or 9, depending on your personal needs) before you need to get up in the morning.
- You were asleep for more than ⅘ of the time you were laying in bed. That’s right. If you were asleep for at least 85% of the time that you laid in bed last night, you probably ended up getting a good night’s sleep.
- You feel good. This one counts the most. The way that you feel in the morning is the biggest indicator of them all. You feel refreshed and clear-headed. You don’t feel groggy, temperamental, or confused.
So where do you fall on the sleep spectrum? Did you sleep poorly or well last night? Have you tried changing your pillows or your bedding in order to achieve a better night’s sleep?