After tossing and turning for what seems like hours, you come to terms with the fact that it'll be another sleepless night. But how can we tell if we've had a good night's sleep or not?
The Medical News Today editorial office is a melting pot of sleep issues. Whether caused by hormonal changes, anxiety, or young children who just won’t sleep through the night, our sleep is a constant topic of conversation.
With 35 percent of adults sleeping for under 7 hours each night, according to the American Sleep Association, our team is a fairly representative sample of society.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, over one third of people in the United States say that their sleep quality is "poor" or only "fair."
But what determines sleep quality? In a 2017 report published in the journal Sleep Health, the National Sleep Foundation assembled a team of sleep experts to define what indicates good-quality sleep. Here are some of the metrics that the panel agreed on.
Factors that contribute to good sleep quality in adults:
- falling asleep in 30 minutes or under
- waking up for under 5 minutes once per night
- being asleep for 85 percent or more of the total time that you spend in bed
- being awake in the night for under 20 minutes
Factors that contribute to bad sleep quality:
- taking more than 1 hour to fall asleep
- waking up on four or more occasions
- sleeping for less than 74 percent of the time spent in bed
- being awake for 41 minutes or more during the night
Interestingly, an editorial that accompanies the article highlights how difficult it is to measure sleep quality because it is a "subjective experience." The authors of the National Sleep Foundation report agree.
Source: Medical News Today