Are you a light sleeper? Try this
Sunday, 23 August · 2 min read

Does the quietest sound manage to wake you up during the night? If so, you may be a light sleeper.

Waking up during the night because of small changes may prevent you from getting enough deep sleep, a restorative phase in the sleep cycle. If you don’t get sufficient deep sleep, you may wake up feeling tired.

It’s not clear why some people are light sleepers and others ‘heavy’, but if you wake up during the night, making simple changes to your habits and routine may be all you need to sleep more soundly.

To do this, try to:

  • stick to a routine where you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on weekends
  • get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day — do this earlier in the day and not in the hours just before bedtime, as this can disrupt sleep
  • try to exercise outdoors — exposure to natural light can help you get your sleep-wake cycle back on track
  • avoid caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime as these can disrupt your sleep
  • relax just before you go to bed — this could be through meditation, taking a warm bath, listening to music or reading a book
  • if you’re easily disturbed by light outside your bedroom window, consider installing heavier blinds or curtains
  • if you’re disturbed by movement or noise, wear an eye mask and ear plugs

And if lack of sleep is affecting your daily life, always see a doctor.

Quote of the day

Happiness consists of getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.

Robert A Heinlein, author

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On average, how many hours did you sleep each night over the past week?