To function properly, sleep is essential. Good deep sleep is the time during which your mind and body recharge. That is why you feel refreshed and alert when you wake up. If you regularly get good sleep, you can think clearly, concentrate better, and remember more. You can also maintain more energy throughout the day.
Your body lets you know when you feel tired and ready for sleep, or when you feel refreshed and alert. Your sleep cycle follows an internal “body clock,” a 24-hour cycle known as the circadian rhythm.
For an adult to have good cognition, function properly, have an ability to focus and avoid other serious health problems, like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, at least seven hours in a 24-hour period is necessary. Even though less sleep feels normal to some, your brain and body do struggle.
Have You Had Enough Sleep?
How do you feel when you wake up? Are you ready to get going? Or are there times that you struggle to stay awake during the day? Many times, it is rather difficult to identify unless you break it down. Start identifying your habits by using Epworth’s Sleeping Scale, which includes eight situations that, once you attribute each a number that corresponds to your risk of sleeping, you’ll find out if you’re getting enough during sleeping hours.
Scoring Your Sleep Quality
If you attribute a numeral 1, it means you are at no risk of falling asleep, a numeral 2 means a slight risk, a numeral 3 means medium risk, and a numeral 4 means high risk. Once completed, if your resulting total number is between 0 and 9, your sleep level is normal. If your number is between 10 and 12, you are lacking sleep. If your number is between 13 and 24, your lack of sleep is very high, and you need to restructure your sleep habits. Here is the list of situations:
Situation #1: You are sitting and reading
Situation #2: You are watching television
Situation #3: You are sitting still and inactive amongst other people
Situation #4: You are riding in a car or taking public transit for an hour
Situation #5: You need to lie down in the afternoon
Situation #6: You are in the middle of a conversation
Situation #7: You are sitting after lunch not having had alcohol
Situation #8: You are stuck in a traffic jam
Those not getting enough sleep can adopt some lifestyle structuring geared toward good sleep habits, like a consistent realistic bedtime every night, maintaining an ideal sleeping temperature, having a comfortable and inviting sleep environment. That last item includes having a great mattress, we can help with that.
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