What It Means To Get A Good Night’s Rest, According To Sleep Scientists

What It Means To Get A Good Night’s Rest, According To Sleep Scientists
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You might think a good night’s just rest means getting through the night without any issues, but there are actually four quantifiable factors sleep scientists use to measure sleep quality. This is exactly what “a good night’s sleep” entails.

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In the most recent issue of the journal Sleep Health, the US National Sleep Foundation explained exactly what getting a good night’s sleep means when it comes to scientific studies. The four factors, as explained by Cari Romm at Science of Us, are:

  1. You take half an hour or less to fall asleep.
  2. You wake up no more than once per night.
  3. If you do wake up in the middle of the night, you fall back asleep within 20 minutes.
  4. You’re asleep for at least 85 per cent of the time you spend in bed.

Of course, these factors are only for overnight sleeping sessions and do not necessarily work with napping and other short forms of sleep. So, did you get a good night’s rest last night? Now you can know for certain.

National Sleep Foundation’s sleep quality recommendations: first report [Sleep Health via Science of Us]


  • I agree with the first two factors… Thanks to Jesus, I do not wake up even once a night so I sleep almost 95% of the time I spend in bed.

    • Why thank Jesus? Did he personally come to you and help you fall asleep? To thank someone you’ve neither seen nor can prove actually directly helped you is simply silly.

    • Oh yes, I’m sure Jesus has the time and interest to make sure you get a good night’s sleep, but somehow can’t save starving children in worn-torn countries from dying horrible, lingering deaths. But do go right ahead and live out your little Ned Flander’s fantasy. Don’t let logic and reason keep you awake at night….
      Ughh, sorry dude, I’m grumpy as hell today, just ignore this…

      • “Ughh, sorry dude, I’m grumpy as hell today, just ignore this…”

        and hell is exactly where you will be going if you diss the man.

        Ned Flanders is not to be dissed.

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