Day #2 of Sleep Awareness Week and time to discuss “What is Quality Sleep?” We always discuss the amount of sleep a person should be getting (based on age), but the quantity of sleep isn’t all that matters. Quality is very important, also! The combination of these two items play an essential role in our mental, physical & emotional health.
How Do You Know if You Get Quality Sleep?
- Sleep latency – The measurement of how long it takes you to fall asleep. If you fall asleep within 30 minutes after the time you go to bed suggests that the quality of your sleep is good.
- Sleep waking – How often do you wake up throughout the night? If you wake frequently, it can disrupt your sleep cycle and reduce your quality. If you only wake up once, or not at all, suggests that your quality is good.
- Wakefulness – How many minutes do you spend awake during the night after you first go to sleep? If you have 20 minutes or less of wakefulness throughout the night, it suggests that your quality is good.
- Sleep efficiency – This is the amount of time you spend actually sleeping while in bed. This should ideally be at least 85% for optimal health benefits.
If you want to learn how to truly measure your sleep quality, the National Sleep Foundation has a calculator on this blog: What Is Sleep Quality? – National Sleep Foundation (thensf.org)
Quantity Sleep Recommendations:
- Newborns to Preschoolers link: https://monkeyroosleep.com/2018/07/15/how-many-hours-should-my-child-sleep/
- Kids (6-13 years) – 9-11 hours every night
- Teenagers (14-17 years) – 8-10 hours a night
- Adults (18-64) – 7-9 hours every night
- Adults 65 & older – 7-8 hours every night
If you have a child that doesn’t sleep the recommended amount, feel free to contact me today! Stay tuned for ways to improve one’s sleep!
Pic of my sweet girl being her #bestsleptself waking up happy & refreshed.