We all have those mornings when we wake up with a massive headache, getting out of bed a bit groggy. While you try not to hurt yourself as you make your way to the bathroom still half -asleep, you remember why this is happening, as you’ve just woken up from an 8-hour full-night’s sleep. You pause and think, I tried to sleep better last night and this is what happens.
Then there are those days when you’re too busy you just crash in bed and sleep from 2 am to 6 am then wake up like a champ. You actually expect a raging headache, feeling a bit light-headed, and just overall sleepiness, but nothing. You’re wide awake and you can’t even force yourself to fall asleep again.
With all the things you read about sleep, a long one tends to be the most promising and achievable. The case, however, is that, it may not necessarily guarantee a good night’s slumber. As experts say, adults need 6 to 8 hours of shuteye with exemptions. Some people actually need less, while others need more. A definite number isn’t agreed upon, so if you think that 8 hours of zzz’s is enough to guarantee you quality slumber, you can be wrong. Sleep is a very complex and confusing thing, but, if you should know a thing or two, it’s how to tell whether you’ve had a good night’s sleep or not.So, what are the things that will clue you in whether you’ve had a good night’s sleep or not? Check out our list below.
1. You woke up naturally without any alarms or disturbances.
As your body tends to pick up on routine, if you go to bed and wake up at around the same time everyday, it will soon be a part of your body’s internal clock. With a regular bed and wake up time, you will even find yourself waking up naturally before your alarm goes off. Alarms tend to stress the body out, so your body gets rid of the need for an alarm clock, waking you up before you need to be disturbed by this disturbing contraption.
Why is this a sign that you’ve slept well? As we go through different sleep phases during the night, waking up naturally ensures that your sleep wasn’t disturbed in the middle of deep sleep phase. This can ensure that you feel great when you wake up and that you’ve gotten enough restorative zzz’s.
2. You feel refreshed.
A lot of us sleep because we’re tired, so it is an achievement to wake up refreshed after a full night’s sleep. If you wake up refreshed after a night’s rest, it’s a good sign that your sleep has been restorative.
3. You are not suffering from body aches and pains.
A good night’s sleep also factors in comfort. This is why, if you wake up from a long slumber with body aches, you can’t really say you’ve rested well.
4. You don’t need ten cups of coffee for your brain to start working.
If you feel like you need a boost to start the day, you really can’t say that you’ve had a good night’s rest. Relying on caffeine means that your body is still not fully awake, leaving you wanting for more zzz’s.
If you find yourself checking all these items after a full night’s sleep, then you’re in a very good place. It only means that your efforts in getting better quality sleep is working. Keep it up and you’ll surely enjoy the many benefits of a good sleep hygiene.