Know how to get some real good sleep

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Peo­ple who fall asleep within 30 min­utes or less and wake up no more than once at night qual­ify for sev­eral health ben­e­fits associated with good sleep, re­searchers have sug­gested.

Sleep­ing more time while in bed (at least 85 per cent of the to­tal time) and be­ing awake for 20 min­utes or less after ini­tially fall­ing asleep are other key de­ter­mi­nants of good qual­ity sleep is­sued by the US non-profit Na­tional Sleep Foun­da­tion (NSF).

The re­searchers used at home—sleep tech­nol­ogy de­vices—gad­gets worn through­out sleep or placed on the bed stand to an­a­lyse the amount of deep and light sleep peo­ple get each night, how fre­quently one wakes up and the length of toss­ing and turn­ing on the bed.

“Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are sleep tech­nol­ogy users. Th­ese de­vices pro­vide a glimpse into one’s sleep uni­verse, which is oth­er­wise un­known and pro­vide con­sumers with the re­sources needed to un­der­stand their sleep,” said Max Hirshkowitz, Chair­man at NSF.

Ac­cord­ing to NSF’s re­cent Sleep Health In­dex, as many as 27 per cent of peo­ple take longer than 30 min­utes, on av­er­age, to fall asleep.

Sleep de­pri­va­tion may re­sult in im­pair­ment of judge­ment, de­pres­sion, heart prob­lems, obe­sity and dras­tic re­duc­tion in gen­eral well-be­ing of an in­di­vid­ual.

The re­port, pub­lished in the jour­nal Sleep Health, also high­lights ar­eas where re­search is needed to iden­tify and fur­ther de­lin­eate ad­di­tional in­di­ca­tors of good sleep qual­ity across age groups.

SLEEP­ING MORE TIME WHILE IN BED (AT LEAST 85 PER CENT OF THE TO­TAL TIME) AND BE­ING AWAKE FOR 20 MIN­UTES OR LESS AFTER INI­TIALLY FALL­ING ASLEEP ARE DE­TER­MI­NANTS OF GOOD QUAL­ITY SLEEP

Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are sleep tech­nol­ogy users. Th­ese de­vices pro­vide a glimpse into one’s sleep uni­verse MAX HIRSHKOWITZ, CHAIR­MAN, NSF

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