Quality or Quantity of Sleep?

There is a lot of material on how much sleep we should have. A review of the material available it would seem that for the average adult the optimum amount of sleep is somewhere between seven and nine hours a night. However what about the quality of Sleep? Do you sleep well? Or do you suffer from insomnia?

I am not sure about you, however personally I should allow myself more time to sleep. I do not always get as much sleep as I should. However even when I sometimes do get enough sleep, the quality of sleep is not always there to match. I have either dreamed for what seems like all night or my mind has been active. Either way I have actually woken up tired and worn out.

Yet there are other times that I am totally relaxed and sleep very well. I get a good amount of sleep and it is a deep relaxing sleep. When I wake up I feel relaxed, energised and ready for an awesome day ahead. So what is the difference? How do you prepare yourself for a quality sleep?

It seems that everyone has different routines that help them to get a good night’s sleep. Some popular routines include:

  • A wind down activity, such as reading or watching some television
  • Avoiding physical activity later in the evening
  • Avoiding stimulates such as caffeine later in the evening
  • Go to bed at the same time each night
  • Reduce stress in your life
  • Ensure that the environment is appropriate, such as dark and quiet

By getting the right amount of sleep (Quantity) and getting good sleep (Quality) sleep you will have more energy, be better focused and feel better about yourself during the day. I wish you sweet dreams as you get great sleep.

  • Do you get enough sleep?
  • Do you get quality sleep?
  • What do you do to help you sleep well?

About Attila Ovari

Attila Ovari is an Entrepreneur that loves life and is passionate about adventure. Attila Ovari writes, speaks and coaches to inspire others to better themselves through following their passions and chasing their dreams. He has developed his passions of inspiration, leadership and strategy into strengths through his businesses and community pursuits.

Posted on Thursday, 09 May 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I’ll take quality over quantity any day! I’m actually a good napper and a good sleeper. Either I’m pretty relaxed or I’m pretty sleep-deprived!

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  3. Hi,

    To me the question is somewhat faulty as it seems to suggest a trade-off between Quantity and quality of sleep. I remain unsure if these are interchangeable.If I continue to have a disturbed sleep, would sleeping longer in that state help?

    I suppose the optimum sleep level ( both quantity and quality) is dictated by one’s genes and also is a function of age. As one ages, the metabolic levels go down and so does the need for deep and prolonged sleep.

    As you have rightly written, a regulated sleep regimen definitely helps. So what made you write about this issue?

    Shakti

    • I agree with you and sorry it came across as the contrary. I believe that quality and the correct amount of sleep is important to one’s health.

      As for why I wrote on this topic. It is because I have noticed that I go through phases in my life, where I get good sleep some times and at other times I have troubled sleep.

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    thanks for the tips with sleeping. I certainly need a better quality for my sleep and now I have some ideas thanks

  5. 1. No.
    2. Sometimes.
    3. Don’t know yet. I’ll do something about it when it affects something (it’s been five years or so and I’m still chipper). I do take naps, almost forgot those.

    • Naps….. I do enjoy naps… I spent a little bit of time in rural Colombia where they had siestas. At first I thought it was a little strange, however I got used to it and actually enjoyed the lifestyle.

  6. The most savage thing my sleep does to me is waking me up 5 mins before my alarm clock, afterwards all hell lets lose while you try desperately to forget the urgency of that close number and pretend like it never happened.

  7. I have heard that a minimal amount of background noise (such as a fan), helps your mind calm down and stay focused enough to doze off. Otherwise, you are attempting to conjure your own thoughts and they get scattered. I’m not sure where I learning this, but sleeping with my window open and listening to the traffic of the city helps me sleep way more than a deathly silent room.

  8. I sleep the moment I hit the bed and then my husband has to wake me up :))

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