Do I have healthy sleep? It’s a question we often get asked by mums here at Time2Sleep. It can be hard to know if your sleep is normal, if you have established a pattern that has been going on for some time.
Doing a self-assessment can be a good way to test out whether you have healthy sleep or not and there are quick on-line tests that you can take. Here are some questions to consider:
- How many nights a week do I experience any kind of sleep problem?
- On a typical night, how long does it take me to fall asleep?
- If I wake during the night, how long do I normally stay awake?
- How do I rate the quality of the sleep I’m getting?
- How much does poor sleep impact on my mood, energy, ability to concentrate,
productivity or ability to stay awake?
- Do I feel that I’m troubled by poor sleep and, if so, how long have I had the problem?
Generally, if it takes you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, you regularly wake up more than once in the night or it takes you longer than 20 minutes to get back to sleep, your sleep could do with improvement.
Better sleep hygiene
There are many different steps you can take to improve your sleep hygiene, such as avoiding caffeine after 3pm, developing a relaxation routine, ensuring you have a good sleep environment and avoiding alcohol or spicy foods.
For more great tips on getting a good night’s sleep browse our Blog categories: Live – for general lifestyle advice; Sleep – for specific information about sleeping and the conditions needed for good quality sleep; and Relax – for information to help you unwind and quieten your busy mind. Also check out our Product pages for tried and trusted products to help you sleep.