As far as your overall health is concerned, sleep comes in as one of the top things you must be doing to feel and perform your best. Sadly, many people fall short on quality rest every single night. While getting to bed at a decent hour so you can get enough sleep is one thing, another is making sure the quality of sleep you get is also up to par. Get poor quality sleep, and even if you do get your 7 to 9 hours in, your body may feel the worse for wear, and you will not get to do the things you want to.

What effects your sleep quality? And how can you make sure you are getting the high-quality rest we all desire …

1. Circadian Rhythm. The first process that effects you is your circadian rhythm. If you are going to bed at 2 in the morning and sleeping through until 10, this is not going to be as good as someone going to bed at 10 in the evening and sleeping until 6 am.

Our body is built to function on a specific time scale according to the day; and anytime you try to defy that, problems will arise. Your body will fight staying asleep later in the morning when it should be naturally waking.

2. Amount Of Sleep. Next, the amount of total sleep you get is also going to factor in. Those who are not sleeping enough will often move into deep sleep faster as they cycle through the stages, compared to those who do have a healthier amount of sleep.

Usually, this is classed as being good news as deep sleep is the most refreshing sleep. So the body does have a built-in mechanism to help get your body as rejuvenated as possible when having little sleep.

It is not wise though to use this as an excuse to skimp on sleep, however, as this only goes so far. Occasionally, you will not be getting enough time during the deep sleep period either, and you may start to notice you struggle to fall sleep at all as sleep deprivation continues.

3. Meal Times. Finally, the last factor influencing your sleep quality is your meal times. If you eat a large meal right before bedtime, expect to stay awake longer trying to get to sleep.

Too much food in the digestive tract keeps your body busy and less able to settle and get maximum rest. It is best to have dinner no later than two hours before sleeping as this will give your body time to digest it, and prevent digestion problems being caused by lying down after eating.

Keep these three points in mind. Try and set up your day so you can accomodate these and get the beneficial sleep you need.