How Your Personality Can Affect Your Sleep
Your Personality Really Can Influence How Well You Sleep
Did you know that your personality might have a more profound effect on your sleep than most people realize?
It’s true. We all know that humans can embody a wide range of different types of personality traits. We also know that, in our modern age, few humans get as much sleep as they need. In fact, 40 percent of Australians do not get the amount of sleep that they need every night.
But what is really interesting is that our personalities might have a lot to do with this.
Introverts vs. Extroverts
One of the predominant differences in people’s personalities can be contrasted with these two terms. Some people are more introverted, while others tend to be more extroverted.
And believe it or not, this might play a rather large role in how well you are able to sleep!
As it turns out, extroverts tend to have more energy during the day. They are also more focused on the outside world around them, and are more likely to sleep through the night without waking up.
This information is based on a study that was conducted on 1,000 Americans, each of which took a Myers Briggs Test beforehand to figure out what their Myers Briggs personality type was. This test separates humans into 16 different personality types, and one of the defining characteristics of each personality type begins with whether the person is an introvert or an extrovert.
So, with that being said, let’s get back to it.
Introverts, on the other hand, are generally more focused on their inner-selves. They are quieter, keep to themselves more often, and are more likely to experience unsettling dreams. Introverts are also more likely to fall asleep when they actually want to stay awake.
Of course, both of these personality traits have their own upsides and downsides. So neither necessarily has an advantage over the other. It is just interesting to note how these types experience life a bit differently.
And when it comes to getting a better night’s rest, extroverts might actually have the advantage.
You can read more about this study here. It is an interesting read, for sure.
But does this mean that you literally have no control over your quality of sleep? If you are born with a particular personality, does that condemn you to a life of bad dreams, lower daytime energy, and troubled rest?
Not necessarily. There are actually quite a few things that you can do to try to overcome these tendencies. Here are just a few.
What Can You Do to Sleep Better?
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it turns out that there are quite a few methods that you can use to try to sleep better. Alleviating anxiety may be the first and foremost way to promote a better night’s rest, so try to get your mind off of your troubles before going to bed.
Take a break from your phone (and other electronic media), and do something that relaxes you. Read a book, meditate, or listen to soothing music. Working out is very good for you, but try not to do it in the last few hours of the day… as this could just pump you up and actually keep you awake.
You should also avoid eating in the final few hours before you go to bed, if at all possible. Avoiding caffeine, especially in the later part of the day, can also help.
And last, but definitely not least, try to keep consistent bedtime routines in place. Get ready at the same time each night, and give yourself plenty of time to fall asleep.