When it comes to sleep, not being able to doze off right away isn’t the only thing that can keep you from getting ample and quality zzz’s. If your slumber gets disrupted often, you’re also pretty much in trouble. If you get woken up by the slightest movements or sounds, there’s a good chance that you’re a light sleeper. This can explain why you might be able to clock in 8 hours in bed but still wake up tired and sleepy by the morning.
Being a light sleeper means you spend a lot of time in the non-REM sleep phase. This is the first stage of sleep where you’re still settled between the realms of sleep and wakefulness. A lot of time is spent on this phase but you’re supposed to transition to the second stage where your breathing and heart rate regularizes and your temperature drops. After which, you’ll enter the deepest stages of sleep where your body starts repairing itself.
Unfortunately, researchers haven’t really figured out why some people are light sleepers. Initial studies suggest that light sleepers tend to react differently to sounds than heavy sleepers which is why they get woken up easily. Genetics, sex, lifestyle, metabolism, and other factors that affect your sleep quality are also said to contribute to a person being a light or heavy sleeper.
Can you become a heavy sleeper if you’re a light sleeper? A lot of experts say yes. Improving your overall sleep hygiene is said to help you sleep deeper. Tweaking your bedroom and bedtime habits as well as using necessary tools and accessories to minimize the odds of being disturbed are also recommended.
We also recommend opting for a mattress that won’t wake you up every time a bed partner moves in their sleep. Our Elite collection is the best choice for this because of their pocketed spring system. The Renascence and La Memoire collections are good options, too, because of their memory foam core. Check them out here.