So, I was asked this question through a DM here on LinkedIn: how do you know if you sleep well?
It’s a great question and I have a few suggestions below where you can check in on yourself.
1) Do you wake up in the morning feeling rested with a desire to get up?
😣 I didn’t. My first thought was always: I want it to be evening so I can go to bed. 😣
2) Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Let’s say in a maximum of 20 minutes.
🙁 It took me 2-4 hours to fall asleep, no matter when I went to bed or how tired I was.
3) Do you wake up in the middle of the night for no reason whatsoever and have a hard time falling asleep again?
😑 This problem I did not encounter. If I woke up to go to the bathroom I would go right back and fall asleep again instantly.
4) Nightmares! 👹 If you sleep your 6-9 hours yet frequently wake up in a sweat, or even with vague frightening memories from the night before, you did not sleep well!
😁 Nope! I hardly ever had or have nightmares.
5) And this one might seem strange but:
Do you look forward to going to bed, OR, are you postponing?
😰 I totally refused to go to bed because I KNEW I wouldn’t fall asleep. No matter how exhausted I was I would not fall asleep and I hated lying there, tossing and turning AGAIN! (Yeah, weird, considering I wanted to go to bed first thing when I woke up… 🙄)
You see, postponing is a sign that something with going to bed is not OK.
Even if you sleep well when you finally put your head on the pillow your sleep pattern is disturbed.
Signs of tiredness ignored is nothing to take lightly.
Your bed is threatening in some way.
Usually, troubled sleep is talked about as if you have one problem.
But my experiences are, and this goes for me and the people I’ve worked with, that more often than not, there is more than one problem! Note that this is not an exhaustive list of possible sleep disturbances.
🤔 How is your sleep doing? Looking at my list above ▶︎ Do you sleep well?
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