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Types of sleepers

We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping, which is a lot of sleep if you think about it. Of course, every age requires a different amount of sleep but on average we spend a fair amount of our lives sleeping. The lack of sleep can have multiple negative consequences, hence a good night sleep is very important.

1. Snorer

There are a number of factors that can affect why you snore, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight. It has to do with the structure of the nose and throat when relaxed. While most reasons people snore are harmless, snorers also tend to suffer from sleep apnea which is pauses in breathing due to airway obstruction, and it is due to anatomy.

2. Shifter

These people go to sleep in one position and wake up in another, signalling that they shift a lot in bed during the night. Most people do not remember that they shift position due to sleep inertia.

3. Vocal and Actor by night

Some people are vocal during their sleep. While others may even act out their dreams. This is no surprise as there have been many examples of such cases. They often do not remember what they are doing or saying. This usually happens when they are stressed out or traumatised by something, that causes their sub-consciousness to act out at night.

4. Light and heavy sleepers

Light sleepers wake up with the slightest movement, light or any external stimulus, whereas heavy sleepers do the exact opposite; they are almost impossible to wake. Light sleepers may experience more sleep disruptions throughout the night. If you and your partner are opposites, maybe you should talk it out to avoid getting annoyed at each other every night.

5. Animal lover

Some people just love sleeping with their pets, after all they’re cuddly, furry, warm and loving. Just maybe not for the light sleepers as their pets may disrupt their sleep. It is also not advisable for pregnant women to sleep with their pets as they may carry harmful parasites that may jump over to humans.

6. Night owl and morning larks

More commonly heard of is the night owl who tends to stay up until late at night or the early wee hours of the morning and wakes up well after sunrise. Morning larks are ones to sleep early and wake up early.

7. Blanket thief

This is self-explanatory and is especially annoying if you have to share a bed with them. If your partner steals your blanket, having two separate blankets may help solve the problem. It's important to talk about it if it bothers you or disrupts your sleep. Remember that they are not stealing your blanket on purpose, they are sleeping!

8. Sleeping beauty

Probably from extreme exhaustion, these people knock out the moment their heads touch the pillow. They can fall asleep instantly. While this may sound like a benefit to many who are battling insomnia, this can be a medical problem called narcolepsy. It is advisable to consult a doctor if you are experiencing excessive and uncontrollable daytime sleepiness which causes you to suddenly fall asleep at any time during the day.

9. Snoozer

Snoozers are ones who find it difficult to wake up in the morning, they tend to set many alarms and snooze them, only going back to sleep after snoozing them. Good luck if you have one as a partner. Teehee

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