Do You Know Your Sleep Personality? It Could Be The Key To A Good Night’s Sleep - Women's Health

Do You Know Your Sleep Personality? It Could Be The Key To A Good Night’s Sleep

We talk about love languages and now, even exotic blueprints. But when it comes to understanding sleep habits and getting a restful night’s sleep, we need to be focusing on sleep personalities.

Where it used to be the case that health and wellness was a conversation primarily focused around diet and exercise, recent years have seen a shift towards sleep. From fitness trackers to smart watches and tech accessories, sleep tracking is all the rage – and for good reason. Aside from assisting with recovery and muscle repair, a restful night’s sleep can also do wonders for our complexion and assist with making healthier food choices. Multiple studies have found that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to increase their food consumption without an equivalent increase in energy expenditure, while poor sleep also tends to see us reach for high-calorie foods with little nutritional benefit. Tl;dr: sleep is an integral part of our wellbeing! 

But if you’ve never given much thought towards your sleeping patterns, perhaps now is a good time to start. According to a new survey by the National Sleep Foundation, each of us belongs to a category when it comes to sleep behaviours and there are five different types to choose from. Just like you might have calculated your love languages to better understand how you like to be loved in a romantic relationship, or done an exotic blueprint test to better understand your arousal and sexual desires, a sleep personality test allows you to discover how you sleep best. 

It might not sound as glamorous as the other tests available, but understanding how you sleep could just be the most valuable thing you do all year – especially if getting a restful night of shut eye is important to you. Thankfully, there’s a special quiz you can now do online that helps determine which category you best fit into. Each of the five are based on things like sleep habits, age and 40 other factors including marital status, gender, employment status, medical conditions, self-reported fatigue and consumption of caffeinated beverages. 

Category 1

For those who feel great after a night’s sleep, it’s likely you belong in category 1. This category is for those who tend to get the right amount of sleep typically, and who don’t suffer from fatigue or tiredness during the day. People in this group are generally younger, have a full-time job and are married or have a partner, according to the research. They also tend to be clear of medical conditions and describe themselves as “a morning person” – go figure. 

Category 2

Category 2 tends to be made up of adults aged 60 and above. In this category, people get the most amount of sleep, with an average of 7.3 hours a night, compared to just 6.8 hours of sleep for the overall population. As well as a restful couple hours of shut eye, this group also tends to take naps during the day, with at least two per week. But while they might be rarely tired, they do tend to have one medical condition, or more. 

Category 3

Category three is where most might see themselves. It belongs to adults in a couple where one or both work more than 40 hours a week. In this category, people tend to do job-related work within an hour of bedtime and also sleep less as they are early risers. As a result, more than a third report feeling tired or fatigued at least three days a week. It’s particularly prevalent now, where many of us are still working from home as a result of lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions. Having traded an office for a makeshift desk in our living rooms or even bedroom, we’re feeling the need to be constantly visible “online” and the distinction between work and home life is becoming increasingly blurred. 

Category 4

Category four belongs to the night owls, those who come alive in the late hours of the day and are typically employed but don’t necessarily work a 9-5 shift. It’s believed that those in this group have the longest work week out of all other groups and sleep less as a result. But while you’d expect them to be running on empty, people in this category take regular naps and still function well, but mostly this is down to a heavy reliance on caffeine. 

Category 5

Those in category five believe they have a sleep disorder. They might come alive at night like a night owl, but then suffer from things like insomnia and tend to experience severe fatigue and tiredness throughout the day. Research shows this kind of sleeping behaviour can have a negative impact on relationships too. 

Understanding your sleeping habits could be the answer to a restful night’s sleep, but it’s also worth noting that sleep can be affected by a range of factors, including stress, workload, and other conditions. If you struggle to fall asleep, frequently wake in the night or feel tired throughout the day, it’s worth talking to your GP for further advice. You can also take Sleepio’s test here which gives you a sleep score and tips for improving your sleeping habits.

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