- Poor sleep quality can affect your mood, memory, and critical thinking skills.
- It can also increase the risk of health concerns like heart disease, obesity, and hypertension.
- The signs of poor sleep quality can be easy to miss, but we’ve rounded up the tell-tale signs.
- Keep reading to learn how to spot the signs and get a better night’s sleep.
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, it’s not just about getting enough sleep. It’s also about getting quality sleep. If you wake up tired and groggy despite getting a full night’s sleep, then your sleep quality may be poor.
But how do you monitor sleep quality and go about improving it? First, let’s look at eight signs of poor sleep quality. Then, we’ll explore tried and true ways to sleep better.
You Fall Asleep Too Quickly
This might seem counterintuitive, but falling asleep too quickly is a sign of poor sleep quality. To put it another way, you aren’t getting enough sleep and have built up sleep debt. According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep debt “is the difference between the amount of sleep someone needs and the amount they actually get.”
When this happens, your body develops high sleep pressure — “an unconscious biological response that makes us want to go to sleep,” according to Little Ones. As a result, you fall asleep almost instantly because you’re sleep-deprived. Well+Good says this recovery sleep can be deep sleep, but that doesn’t mean it’s good sleep.