What Your Sleep Pattern Says About You
Do you sleep too little, fancy frequent naps or love to curl up for a solid night’s slumber in the foetal position? Well all these things mean something, according to experts. Here’s what your sleep pattern says about you.
A good night’s rest for an adult should last between 7-9 hours and can be broken down into two main areas: REM sleep where you dream and non-REM sleep. Non REM sleep comprises the stages of light sleep, middle sleep and the most restorative sleep of all – deep sleep.
For physical and mental wellbeing it’s important to get the right amount of sleep regularly. So pay attention to your routine and environment to ensure you get enough. Try to set yourself up with a good mattress, like those available at Sleepy’s Express, establish a relaxing pre-bedtime routine and rule out caffeine or heavy meals late in the evening.
Types of Sleepers
Morning person – If you bound out of bed in the morning and find this is your most productive time of day, you’re a morning person who wakes early and goes to bed earlier in the evening.
Napper – Places like Spain and Italy have long accommodated this, but there are merits to an afternoon nap including increased productivity in the workplace, with some corporations even allowing space for a quick kip.
Evening person – Just as there are morning people, others find evenings more productive for work exercise and of course partying.
Weekend sleeper – Work or study may mean your weekends are when you catch up on extra sleep. Ideally, sleep should be fairly routine across the week so make an effort to get a regular good night’s rest.
Difficulty waking – There are a host of reasons why you may have difficulty waking. If you struggle there are apps available that can wake you gently at the lightest part of your sleep pattern.
Position – The position you regularly sleep in can indicate a lot about your personality, according to a recent study.
Those who sleep in the foetal position are tough on the outside but with a shy exterior. If sleeping on your side with your arms raised slightly in front of you is your preferred stance, this is the yearner position, characterised by open and confident traits, but a little cynicism.
People who lie on their backs with their arms by their side like a soldier, have high expectations of themselves and those around them. They are rigid and enjoy structure. Meanwhile, finding comfort on your side in a straight line in the log position means you are sociable, trusting and engaging.
The freefall position sees you lying on your tummy with your arms near your head and means you are sociable and sometimes even brash. A free-spirit, you are also prone to nerves and sensitive to criticism.
Finally, if you sleep on your back with your arms and legs outstretched you fit the starfish category, with friendships and loyalty your big priorities in life.
No matter what position you prefer or the hours you like to sleep, the most important factor is getting enough.
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