It’s important to strive for the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but counting how much sleep you get isn’t the only way to achieve sleep satisfaction. See how these other factors can affect how positive you feel about the sleep you are getting.
The Right Bedroom Set Up
Your bedroom environment plays a huge role in how satisfied you feel about the sleep you get. Walking into a clean, cool, peaceful bedroom can make bedtime a more enjoyable experience than if the room is disorganized or too warm. Set the stage for a night of satisfying sleep by tidying your belongings, using neutral-colored bedding, and adjusting the thermostat to a comfortably cool setting.
The amount of time it takes to go from being awake to sleep—also known as sleep latency—changes from person to person. There’s no “right” amount of time, but you’re likely to be more satisfied with your sleep if you don’t spend too long staring at the ceiling before drifting off to dreamland. Similarly, the ability to fall back asleep quickly after waking up in the middle of the night is linked to greater sleep satisfaction. To shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, follow a consistent pre-sleep routine that might include such rituals as taking a bath, reading a book, dimming the lights, and listening to soft music.
Feeling energized in the morning is linked to feeling more satisfied with the sleep you got the night before. A solid night’s sleep has restorative powers, and that replenishment of energy is highly satisfying. It’s normal to feel less energetic at certain points in the day—taking a short afternoon nap can re-boot your feelings of alertness. As long as your overall energy level remains high during most of the day, your sleep satisfaction will likely be higher.