When it comes to sleep many of us are under the impression that there are two types of people, heavy and light sleepers.
However, according to recent research by mattress company Simba, there are nine different sleep types.
Whether you’re a Maverick or an Early Bird, the way you nap could be causing you to lose out on your full eight hours, according to experts.
Here we reveal the different types of dozers – and how you can improve your night.
According to Glamour, a maverick sleeper suffers because of their lack of consistency which causes problems with their body clock making it harder to achieve REM sleep.
Experts warn that the lack of consistency in their schedule is what is causing them to lose out on sleep, and establishing a routine can help to achieve better rest meaning they perform better.
2. Early bird
Early bird catches the worm, so the saying goes, but an early bird can also lose out on getting their full eight hours.
Their body clock is in a “slightly earlier time zone” which also means they are likely to be tired earlier in the day.
Experts say that early birds should get as much natural light as possible to help regulate their body clock.
3. Night owl
The opposite of an early bird, a night owl’s body clock is in a “later time zone” meaning that they hit the hay a lot later than most of us.
This means they are likely to wake up later too, which can cause problems for those with an early start.
A gentle stretch before bed is recommended to help prepare the body for sleep by improving circulation.
Probably the most annoying of all the sleepers, the “wriggler” constantly fidgets in bed, making them an unpopular bed buddy.
By constantly shifting position, it is unlikely that they are completing the five cycles of sleep needed a night.
Simba suggests the 4-7-8 breathing technique, breathe in for a count of 4 – hold for 7 – breathe out for 8, as a way of encouraging relaxation before bed.
A thinker is a victim of disturbed sleep, whether that’s tossing and turning trying to nod off or waking up with a lot on their mind.
To help quieten the mind, a thinker should write a to-do list before bed time, and be sure to take a regular breaks during the day to prevent themselves from becoming overworked and stressed.
6. Heavy sleeper
Heavy sleepers don’t fall into deep sleep until later on in the night which means that they sleep longer in order to get the full restorative rest.
Sleeping so deeply can make it harder for them to get up in the morning as their brain is less alert, with experts recommending a stretch before bed to improve circulation and calm the body.
7. Light sleeper
This person wakes up at the slightest disturbance, which means that their cycles are easily disrupted and can impact on the quality of their sleep.
A light sleeper should develop a good bedtime routine to get their body ready for sleep, including low lighting to regulate the production of sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
8. Catcher upper
Many of us will be guilty of losing out on sleep during the week and then attempting to catch up on lost hours over the weekend by lying in.
However, experts say that this can only confuse the body clock and if you do need to catch up try and limit naps to fewer than 30 minutes.
9. Sleep Master
This is the sleep style to aim for as the sleep master is completely in tune with their body clock.
They fall asleep easily and dream before waking up naturally feeling well-rested.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.