There are two major components to a good night’s sleep: being able to actually fall asleep, and sleep quality. If you don’t have both, you’re boned, and the detrimental effects can be surprisingly wide-ranging. Did you know that your sleep quality and quantity affect your smarts, your mood, and your weight?
It kind of sucks, because shitty sleep is its own special kind of torture. Tossing and turning, struggling to sleep, waking up with your heart racing… that’s just the worst. It’s a little cruel that it affects everything else about your life while it’s at it.
It will probably come as no surprise that stress plays a large part in sleep quality and duration. With sleep-deprivation causing stress and stress causing sleep-deprivation, it can sometimes seem difficult to make headway in either area. It’s a GD conspiracy.