The “quantity vs. quality” question has been issue of concern in several contexts. Sleep is no exception, and there is no doubt that it is essential to maintain well-being, quality of life, as well as mental and physical health. Sleeping sufficient time or lying down in bed waiting for sleep to come may not be enough; ensuring sleep quality is actually important.
We live in a frenetic 24-hours society and, more often than not, its demands are incompatible with good sleep. How can we resist “sleep thieves”? How can we maintain a smooth life style? How can we actually sleep well? Here are some tips:
– Keep regular bedtimes and waking-up times
– Sleep the time you really need, neither more nor less
– Be reasonable in exceptions to rule (nights out, parties and everything that implies changes in schedules)
– Keep a balanced daily routine (work, leisure, sports and diet)
– Make sure you have a good sleeping environment (calm, free of technologies, with comfortable temperature)
– Learn to have a good relationship with sleep (no-one does well what does not bring pleasure!)
– Try to enrich your scientific knowledge about sleep
– Be aware of symptoms and do not let sleep problems worsen. Asking for help at the right time is essential to prevent sleep disorders and assure a good quality of life.