A light sleeper is one who wakes easily. As a light sleeper, your sleep is easily influenced and you would wake up as soon as there is a change in the environment: irrespective of how slight that change is. For instance, a light sleeper will easily wake up if there is a change in the odour of the bedroom or at the slightest sound.
Although being a light sleeper can have its perks: it would be more difficult for you to get attacked while you sleep and you obviously wouldn’t have problems hearing your alarm ring, it can also have its downside. In fact, the downside to being a light sleep is more disturbing than its perks.
Light sleepers typically find it difficult to attain a good night’s sleep. This is obviously because they wake up easily and hardly reach the deep stages of the sleep cycle. Being unable to enjoy a good night’s sleep for a long period of time can have adverse effects on a person’s health. From reducing productivity to increasing the chances of getting heart diseases, the effects that lack of quality sleep can have on a person is vast.
FACTORS THAT COULD INFLUENCE SLEEP IN LIGHT SLEEPERS
Unlike heavy sleepers who are rarely influenced by external stimuli while they are asleep, light sleepers are heavily influenced and this is why they wake up easily. Factors that influence how light sleepers respond to sleep disturbances can include but are not limited to:
- Probable sleep disorders
- High level of anxiety
- Lifestyle choices such as consuming too much caffeine, not taking naps during the day, etc
- Brain wave activity during sleep.
HOW CAN LIGHT SLEEPERS ACHIEVE OPTIMAL SLEEP?
Irrespective of what kind of sleeper you are: light or heavy, it is really important that you do not just get quality sleep but that you get enough of it. However, it might take extra efforts on the parts of light sleepers for them to achieve optimal sleep.
As a light sleeper that is finding it difficult to enjoy a good night’s sleep, you can opt for certain lifestyle changes, adopting a healthy bedroom lifestyle, or turning towards seeking medical help. Some healthy tips you can consider include:
- Sticking to a consistent sleep routine. This means you have to make sure you wake up and go to bed at the same times consistently. This helps your body’s Circadian rhythm, which is more like the body’s sleep alarm system; it tells you when to sleep and when to be awake.
- Ensuring you take short power naps during the day.
- Getting enough exposure to sunlight during the day.
- Adopting exercises into your daily routine.
- Reducing your exposure to blue light especially when it is close to your bedtime. You can adopt keeping your electronic gadgets away, at least 1 hour before bedtime. Blue light messes up your circadian rhythm and could prevent you from being able to sleep quickly.
- Reducing your intake of heavy meals, caffeine, sugary and spicy foods, dairy products, and alcohol during the night.
- Take more water. However, reduce your intake of water the close you get to bedtime so that you would reduce your bathroom breaks during the night.
- Maintain a comfortable sleep environment: dark bedroom, no noise, the right temperature, etc. You should consider investing in a mist diffuser. This would help you maintain moisture and consistent scent in your bedroom.
- You should also consider a change of mattress, pillows, and beddings if they are not making you comfortable enough to sleep properly.
If being a light sleeper keeps interfering with your ability to enjoy a refreshing sleep at night, you should consider adopting habits that help to improve how you enjoy sleeping each night. Talking to your doctor to get advice on what could help is also not a bad idea.