What is healthy sleep?
We all know it’s important to get “good sleep.” But what exactly makes for a good night’s rest? Some sleep health factors to consider:
- Quantity (Are you getting optimal hours?)
- Quality (Are you getting the right amounts of restorative NREM & REM sleep?)
- Timing (Is your sleep schedule in sync with your body’s circadian clock’s rhythm?)
Everyone’s formula for good night of sleep will look different, as we all need varying amounts of sleep and at different times. The most important advice to getting good sleep is to listen to your body. When you wake up, do you feel well-rested? Do you feel good after 6 or 7 hours of sleep? Or do you feel better after 8 or 9? Pay attention to your sleeping patterns and implement what works best for you.
What is Sleep Health/Sleep Hygiene?
There are many simple actions you can take to help improve your sleep. These healthy habits are commonly known as sleep health, or sleep hygiene.