How your sleep satisfaction can be affected by noise
Silence is golden…we have all hear and know this saying. Therefore, we all know that sleeping in a noisy space will impact your sleep. Not only does it impact and disrupt your quality of sleep, but it will leave you nothing short of dissatisfied with your sleep experience overall. Let me explain why that is.
One of the main reasons is that our brain continues to register and process sounds while sleeping. Meaning it impacts everything going on in our body, from our heart rate to our blood pressure, in turn, triggering that night-time awakening to occur.
Noises during sleep—whether you are or are not conscious of them. It is leading to dissatisfaction and feelings of unrest upon awakening.
In this blog, I speak about how you can learn what impact noise levels have upon your sleep satisfaction. And virtually how you can manage it better.
How Frequent Waking Will Lower the Overall Sleep Satisfaction Achieved.
It will come as no surprise to hear a loud noise during your sleep awaken you with a startle. To what extent it will occur depends solely on what stage of sleep you are in and the time of night it happens. On top of that, what feelings emerge in you about the actual sounds themself.
When noise occurs during a lighter stage of your sleep cycle, it tends to create the most disruption to our sleep. For instance, within the first few moments of you closing your eyes. Or perhaps at specific periods toward the middle of the night.
However, it can arouse you from a deep sleep. Disturb any sleep during the second half of the night more. However, it is possible to be able to fall back asleep after this disturbance. These interruptions can be felt by how you generally feel upon awakening in the morning. They will be associated with feeling unsatisfied with the sleep you got. At the same time, unable to pinpoint why that is the case.
Sleep Struggles increase when Stressful Sounds happen
We have all experienced sudden awakening by familiar noises. Or are even emotionally charged, such as a hungry baby crying. While some people can become accustomed to the drone of background noise, life in a city or traffic nearby is manageable. However, when a noise signals danger, just as the screeching of brakes from a vehicle or an unexpected honking horn, it will suddenly waken you and negatively impact your health & your immunity and at a time when our immunity needs to be at its best more than ever due to COVID19. When this type of stress-inducing sound occurs, it lowers your ability to sleep and how good you will feel in the morning.
Noisy Environments Cause Restlessness
For most of us, when we recall our sleep, we believe we have been asleep for most of the night, which will be valid. They will have been asleep. However, when high levels of noise are a source of increase, so do restlessness during sleep. This restlessness can include twitching, moving around a lot, and shifting, which occur between the different sleep stages. With all the tossing and turning occurring, the result ends in the subjective feelings of much lower sleep satisfaction. The following day, feelings of more discernible due to sleepiness while experiencing a change in moods.
What does all this mean?
All this information helps bring us to the point of when we think about our sleep satisfaction. We need to consider a lot more than merely the hours you have “slept.” When you think about your sleep satisfaction, you need to work backward. Consider the next seven days how you feel in the morning by scoring your sleep out of 10—with ten being great, recharged, focused, and feeling unstoppable – to one. Being likable to a walking zombie, unable to focus, exhausted, and suffering from headaches and muscle tension.
Doing this every night will have a much more transparent, more genuine indication of how well you slept. Doing this will help you establish if you need any support or help with your sleep. Should your score be six or below for more than two days in a week, I advised you to take advantage of my free 15-minute introductory call. We can discuss your sleep and offer some advice on making it better and discuss if my program would be a benefit and a good fit for you and your sleep.
I offer a personalized sleep program for adults, children programs or hourly sessions where we can get to the root of your sleep program and get you on the path to great sleep once again.