Are You Sleeping Correctly? 14 Simple Questions Can Help You Find Out!

14 straight-forward questions could drastically help your quality of life - and get you a diagnosis!

Ellie Sattler
Created by Ellie Sattler
On Feb 20, 2019

You Need Some Help Sleeping!

You Need Some Help Sleeping!

Sleep is precious - it is peaceful, relaxing, and recharges our batteries. Or does it? Many, many individuals have trouble sleeping and for most it is an easy fix. Looking at your answers on this evaluation, just a few changes could drastically improve your sleep quality - such as setting a routine bedtime and/or wake-up time, which helps tenfold when it comes to your body rest during certain hours. If you have pets, try to keep them off the bed - they can be majorly distracting and often don't need or want a solid night's sleep all the way through like us humans. The absolute best way to ensure a better night's sleep, however, is to separate yourself from electronic devices: Silence your phone and put it out of reach, eliminate "falling asleep to TV", and definitely don't settle into bed with a laptop/tablet - All of this really whacks with your melatonin production and fools your brain into keeping you awake for much longer than if you were reading a book or listening to quiet, soothing music. In the same vain, try not use your bed space for anything other than sleep or sex. This is an often overlooked mistake that can really mess with your subconscious ability to relax in bed - especially if you're using the space for working from home, TV bingewatching, videogames, etc.

If you're a napper, take short naps - 30 minutes or less. Long naps keep you from being tired when it comes to bedtime, which can really whack sleep hours out of alignment. Other vices, such as smoking, caffeine, and alcohol all really mess with your bodies ability to sleep -especially during the evening. Even eating meals late in the evening can really impact restful sleep, so try to eat dinner as early as possible (and if you get hungry before bed, eat a healthy, lite snack if you have to).

Last but not least, if none of the above works for you - try to manage your daily stress levels, as this can keep even the most tired of individuals from catching an ounce of shuteye. If you're bringing your worries to bed with you, try to focus on bodily sensations to get "out of your head", and lower the temperature of your bedroom by adjusting your house thermostat before bed or introducing a fan to your sleeping space.

Any/all of the above will help you become a newer, well-rested you! You're on your way to better sleep already! Remember, if sleep deprivation is affecting you in ANY way - please see a professional. Asking for help is a sign of STRENGTH, not weakness!

You're An Average Sleeper!

You're An Average Sleeper!

You seem to be an average sleeper, which shouldn't be taken for granted! There is, however, room for improvement that could maximize your health during both day and night hours:

Many, many individuals have trouble sleeping and for most it is an easy fix. Looking at your answers on this evaluation, just a few changes could drastically improve your sleep quality - such as setting a routine bedtime and/or wake-up time, which helps tenfold when it comes to your body rest during certain hours. If you have pets, try to keep them off the bed - they can be majorly distracting and often don't need or want a solid night's sleep all the way through like us humans. The absolute best way to ensure a better night's sleep, however, is to separate yourself from electronic devices: Silence your phone and put it out of reach, eliminate "falling asleep to TV", and definitely don't settle into bed with a laptop/tablet - All of this really whacks with your melatonin production and fools your brain into keeping you awake for much longer than if you were reading a book or listening to quiet, soothing music.

If you're a napper, take short naps - 30 minutes or less. Long naps keep you from being tired when it comes to bedtime, which can really whack sleep hours out of alignment. Other vices, such as smoking, caffeine, and alcohol all really mess with your bodies ability to sleep -especially during the evening. Even eating meals late in the evening can really impact restful sleep, so try to eat dinner as early as possible (and if you get hungry before bed, eat a healthy, lite snack if you have to).

Last but not least, if none of the above works for you - try to manage your daily stress levels, as this can keep even the most tired of individuals from catching an ounce of shuteye. If you're bringing your worries to bed with you, try to focus on bodily sensations to get "out of your head", and lower the temperature of your bedroom by adjusting your house thermostat before bed or introducing a fan to your sleeping space.

! You're on your way to better sleep already! Remember, if sleep deprivation is affecting you in ANY way - please see a professional. Asking for help is a sign of STRENGTH, not weakness!

You're An Above-Average Sleeper!

You're An Above-Average Sleeper!

We have good news for you - You're doing it right! Judging by your results on this questionnaire, you are doing a lot to help yourself sleep at night and feel well-rested during the day.

For something that is such a huge part of life, sleep sure can be hard to achieve. If you are doing any of the following, though - keep it up:

-Staying away from electronic devices at night, all of which deprive your body of melatonin and keep you awake hours longer than you would be naturally.

- Setting regular bed times and wake-up times drastically improves sleep quality.

- Taking Quick Power Naps! Naps can really help with feeling well-rested during the day, but only if they're shorter naps (try to power nap for 30-45 mins max if you nap regularly, any longer and you're going to whack your sleep schedule out of alignment).

- Keeping a well lit home/office during the day. Most people don't consider how important daylight is to sleep, but a well-lit environment during the day is key to a restful sleep. If your daytime environment is dark or bleak your body has a much harder time differentiating between night and day - which is disastrous for sleep!

- Setting a cooler temp. for bedtime! Humans sleep best at around 65 degrees (fahrenheit). Even if you don't like the cold, bundling up with more blankets will serve you much better than higher temperatures.

- No smoking! Nicotine is a stimulant (as is caffeine - evening sodas and coffee can be really detrimental to sleep patterns) and aside from being terrible for your health - smoking also keeps you awake much longer than you should be, especially if you're smoking in the evening or at night. Nightcaps are also a no-no, as alcohol causes your body and mind to stir and be restless.

- Manage your stress levels! Nothing will keep you awake more than taking your stress to bed with you, so if you're low on stress, try to keep it that way!

- Using your bed for Sex and Sleep Only! This is an excellent tip that most don't think of: If your mind associates your bed space with anything other than sex or sleep, you're going to have a lot harder time relaxing in said space subconsciously. Don't work from home on your bed, or use it throughout the day for video games, computer time, etc.

- Eating Meals Earlier! Food before bed is a big no-no, try to eat dinner several hours before bedtime to avoid restless sleep (and even nightmares!).

Again, well done - both for your happiness and health. Keep it up! ! You're on your way to better sleep already! Remember, if sleep deprivation is affecting you in ANY way - please see a professional. Asking for help is a sign of STRENGTH, not weakness!

You Are A Wonderful Sleeper!

You Are A Wonderful Sleeper!

Color us impressed! Judging by your results on this questionnaire, you are doing an incredible amount to help yourself sleep at night and feel well-rested during the day. This not only results in a better night's rest, but in a much higher quality of living and overall health!

For something that is such a huge part of life, sleep sure can be hard to achieve - so it's not to be taken for granted how well you're doing! If you are doing any of the following, keep it up - as these factors heavily affect your ability to sleep:

-Staying away from electronic devices at night, all of which deprive your body of melatonin and keep you awake hours longer than you would be naturally.

- Setting regular bed times and wake-up times drastically improves sleep quality.

- Taking Quick Power Naps! Naps can really help with feeling well-rested during the day, but only if they're shorter naps (try to power nap for 30-45 mins max if you nap regularly, any longer and you're going to whack your sleep schedule out of alignment).

- Keeping a well lit home/office during the day. Most people don't consider how important daylight is to sleep, but a well-lit environment during the day is key to a restful sleep. If your daytime environment is dark or bleak your body has a much harder time differentiating between night and day - which is disastrous for sleep!

- Setting a cooler temp. for bedtime! Humans sleep best at around 65 degrees (fahrenheit). Even if you don't like the cold, bundling up with more blankets will serve you much better than higher temperatures.

- No smoking! Nicotine is a stimulant (as is caffeine - evening sodas and coffee can be really detrimental to sleep patterns) and aside from being terrible for your health - smoking also keeps you awake much longer than you should be, especially if you're smoking in the evening or at night. Nightcaps are also a no-no, as alcohol causes your body and mind to stir and be restless.

- Manage your stress levels! Nothing will keep you awake more than taking your stress to bed with you, so if you're low on stress, try to keep it that way!

- Using your bed for Sex and Sleep Only! This is an excellent tip that most don't think of: If your mind associates your bed space with anything other than sex or sleep, you're going to have a lot harder time relaxing in said space subconsciously. Don't work from home on your bed, or use it throughout the day for video games, computer time, etc.

- Eating Meals Earlier! Food before bed is a big no-no, try to eat dinner several hours before bedtime to avoid restless sleep (and even nightmares!).

Again, well done - both for your happiness and health. Keep it up!