But how’s one to know whether or not they’re getting enough sleep at night? People, after all, fall into habits – it only takes three weeks to completely condition yourself to a certain type of behavior, like going to sleep an hour (or two or even three) later than your body wants you to. And once you do that, it can be very hard to wean yourself away from your newfound late-to-bed habit.
In time, it may even become difficult to recognize the symptoms associated with sleeplessness because they become a part of your everyday routine. That’s why we put together a small list of things to watch out for besides just being tired.
Consider the following:
- Do you wake up feeling as though you can keep sleeping for hours?
- Does driving put you to sleep if you’re on the road for longer than 15 minutes?
- Does inactivity in general make you tired (e.g., sitting and reading or watching TV)?
- Do you think you blink and/or yawn a lot?
- Do you have trouble paying attention in meeting or in class?
- Do you have short-term memory problems – can’t remember where you parked, perhaps?
- Is your reaction time slow?
- Are you moody?
When it comes to just sleeping enough, the solution can be as simple as going to sleep a little bit earlier every night. Close your eyes and see what happens. You may surprise yourself.
Sleeping well, however, is an entirely different story. You may want to get a great night’s rest, but your equipment – your mattress – may be preventing that from happening...
So stop in for a test-lay – you’ll be happy you did.