Categories: Sleep Science

How to Tell If You’re Really Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

How long has it been since you’ve had a really good night of sleep? Can you even remember the last time? Here are 8 tell-tale signs you can look for that will help you identify a good night’s sleep when you have one.

#1  You Wake Up Refreshed and Alert in the Morning

This is what sleep is supposed to do. It’s supposed to give your body adequate time to recover from the day before, repair damage from the sun and other exposures, and to restore good health and mood.

Think about it, how many times do you hit the snooze button on an average morning before dragging yourself out of bed? You should be able to get up easily when the alarm first sounds and be ready to face whatever the day has to throw your way.

If you’re getting enough sleep at night, and the quality of sleep is good, then you will wake up feeling refreshed, alert, ready to get going and take on the world.

#2 You are Sleeping an Adequate Number of Hours

How much sleep do you need? That’s the question many of us have asked at some point. In a recent article in The New York Times, the author stated adults between the ages of 26 and 64 need between seven and nine hours of sleep nightly to obtain optimal health and well being.

The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School reports adults 18 years and older need 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep each night.

The author also reports that failing to sleep at least seven hours each night can increase your odds of developing numerous health conditions, including heart disease, obesity, and depression.

#3 You Have an Absence of Aches and Pains in the Morning

If you suddenly notice that you don’t have aches and pains when you wake in the morning, it could be a sign that you had good night’s sleep the night before. It’s one of those things that you might not even notice until you start your day, but once you do, you’re going to want to do it again and often.

Tossing and turning all night while trying to get comfortable is taxing on your system. It can leave you feeling beaten and battered, and even have you falling asleep in awkward positions that will lead to aching muscles and joints the next morning. Sleeping on a good mattress, like a natural latex mattress, provides you with the best opportunity to get a good night’s sleep to help you avoid many of these aches and pains.

#4 You Fall Asleep Quickly After Turning in for the Evening

Believe it or not, the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep says a great deal about the quality of your sleep. For most children and adults, you should expect to fall asleep within 30 minutes of going to bed, according to Business Insider.

Adults over the age of 65 might require a little additional time to fall asleep. If you are within this age bracket, falling asleep within an hour of going to bed is a good sign.

#5 You are Able to Maintain a Stable, Good Mood Throughout the Day

While a good night’s sleep won’t make you love driving in traffic or shoveling six inches of snow, it can help you respond more positively when faced with commuting to work or dealing with brutal winter weather.

If you had a great night’s sleep, your mood will not diminish over the course of a day – at least not without life giving it a helping hand.

#6 You Bring Your “A” Game to the Table

Failing to get enough sleep can leave you feeling sluggish, clumsy, and not as sharp as you prefer to be. When you get a good night’s sleep, you are able to perform well at work or school, impress others with your intellectual prowess, and feel confident that your ideas are fueled by brain power rather than coffee and wishful thinking. You are more alert when driving too.

When you operate at full capacity frequently, others will begin to take notice. It can help you qualify for promotions at work and get the positive attention of people who can help you advance your career.

#7 You are Able to Sleep Throughout the Night Without Waking More than Once

The Huffington Post reports that waking up once per night, for approximately five minutes, is normal for most adults (those over the age of 65 may wake up twice for the same duration). It indicates that you are, in fact, getting the rest at night that your body needs to wake up refreshed and ready to go.

When you wake up more often, or for longer periods of time, it will interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Explore what’s going on to cause the frequent bouts of nocturnal wakefulness.

#8 You Remain Awake and Alert Throughout the Day

This is, perhaps, the most important sign to look for. It indicates that you’ve had a great night’s sleep the night before and you are experiencing no deficiencies in that arena. Are you craving a nap on certain days — or even every day?

Think about it, how many times do you wish you could just go back to bed on a normal day – even if only for a 30-minute cat nap? The absence of this desire to go back to bed, or grogginess upon waking in the morning, is a sure indication that all is well on the sleep front.

Now that you know how to tell if you’re really getting a good night’s sleep, perhaps you can answer the question: “How long has it been since you’ve had one?”

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Amber Merton

Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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