Sleep habits quiz
Do you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep? Or perhaps you never feel fully rested even after a full 8 hours. Take our quick quiz to discover the habits that may be standing between you and a good night’s sleep.
Please note that this quiz is not diagnostic, it is for information purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health, please see a medical professional.
Will drinking a glass or 2 of wine or beer at bedtime help you sleep?
No. Drinking any alcohol before bedtime may make you fall asleep, but you’re likely to wake up often and not get the benefits of deep sleep.
Can lifting weights just before bedtime make it harder to sleep?
No. Sweaty, high-intensity exercise like running late in the evening can disrupt your sleep, but strength training like pumping weights or Pilates may improve your sleep.
Can chocolate keep you awake at night?
Yes. Chocolate contains caffeine – a stimulant that makes you feel more alert and disrupts sleep – so avoid it close to bedtime. Coffee, black, green and white teas, energy drinks, and fizzy drinks like cola all contain caffeine, so avoid them for at least 6 hours before bed.
Can switching a big meal for a light snack late in the evening help you sleep better?
Yes. You can eat a snack, but eating a large meal or a high-calorie dessert may affect your sleep because your body will have to work hard to digest the heavy load.
Is it true that adults can function well on less than 6 hours of sleep?
No. This is a myth. On average, most of us need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, undisturbed sleep every night to protect good health and wellbeing.
Can having sex in the evening make it harder to sleep?
No. Sex can make it easier to snooze thanks to hormones released during sex. It lowers a stress-related hormone called cortisol and if you orgasm, you release prolactin, which makes you drowsy.
Is setting an alarm to remind you it’s time to go to bed a good idea?
Yes. Using an alarm can be a handy tool to make sure you’re not going to bed too late. Having a set time to go to bed - and to wake up - improves the quantity and quality of your sleep.
Is sleeping on your tummy one of the worst positions for good sleep?
Yes. Sleeping on your tummy over-extends your neck and squashes your spine, causing discomfort and pain – and disturbing your sleep.
Does exposure to screens late at night affect your sleep?
Yes. TV, phones and other gadgets all emit a blue light that upsets your body’s internal clock. It can keep you awake and create serious sleeping problems.
True or false: it doesn’t matter when you sleep, it only matters how long you sleep for.
False. Studies show that the timing of sleep is very important: it’s best to sleep at night when it’s dark. This helps align your body’s internal clock with its environment, leading to high-quality sleep.
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