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Score between 13 and 16 points
We assumed that falling asleep after less than five minutes was a skill, but it turns out it’s actually an indicator of over tiredness or even serious sleep deprivation. You probably already know this if you’re also tired during the day and don’t feel refreshed when you wake up. If it’s not your children disrupting your sleep, making some simple changes to your bedtime routine could make a big difference to your energy levels and wellbeing. The Sleep Council have lots of practical tips at www.sleepcouncil.org.uk.
Score between 10 and 12 points
Although you might have the odd ‘tired day’, you have a pretty healthy sleep routine. If you regularly fall asleep less than 10 minutes after your head hits the pillow, it may be that a few adjustments could give your energy levels an extra boost. When you can, work out how much sleep your body needs, then see if you are regularly getting it. If you do need to make changes to your bedtime routine, try the tips at www.sleepcouncil.org.uk
Score 9 points or less
Taking around 15 minutes to fall asleep puts you in the lucky group who are getting enough zzz’s. If you also feel refreshed when you wake and rarely feel sleepy during the day, keep doing what you’re doing as your sleep routine is clearly right for you! Work out your magic number and maybe you can do away with your alarm clock for good.