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Sleep week: How good is your sleep?
Monday, 1 June · 2 min read

It's a new month, the height of summer, so what better time to make some changes? And this week we're targeting your sleep.

Sleep is one of the most important factors in your physical and mental wellbeing -- and to start your journey towards better sleep, you first need to find out how well you're sleeping at the moment.

A good night’s sleep isn’t just about the number of hours you get. The quality of that sleep is just as important.

To find out if your slumber is excellent quality or not, ask yourself these 4 questions:

  1. How long does it take you to fall asleep? -- people who enjoy deep rest tend to nod off within 30 minutes of going to bed.
  2. How often do you wake up during the night? -- waking up no more than once is a sign of good rest.
  3. How long does it take you to go back to sleep? -- people who sleep well fall back to sleep within 20 minutes of waking up during the night.
  4. How much of your time in bed is spent sleeping? -- to enjoy high-quality sleep, aim to spend at least 85% of your time in bed actually asleep.

How did you do? If there’s room for improvement, don't worry. We’ll be giving you information and tips all week to help you find out which of your habits is affecting your sleep -- and how to improve them.

Quote of the day

The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more. -- Wilson Mizner

How sleep-deprived are you?

Take this quiz from National Geographic to see if you're not getting enough sleep and listen to host Jason Silva explain why 'microsleeps' can be dangerous.

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