Do extroverts sleep better than introverts ?

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Did you know that our personality type has a lot of influence on the kind of sleep we experience at night?

The reality is that often we are a mix of both introvert and extrovert in different measures throughout our lives, and this can change depending on what we are exposed to as human beings. You could think of it as more of a personality spectrum, than of being polar opposites.

What is this introvert / extrovert thing all about ?

So let’s just clear this issue up, because I know there is a lot of confusion about what these labels mean. Personally, I love being in a room with people, getting inspired by stories, new cultures and interesting theories which others share with me.

This can be anything from medical research to very geeky things like new software to help us be more productive. Being in the room and spending time one-to-one or in small groups is one of the best ways to connect (for me personally)… but that doesn’t necessarily make me an extrovert. I also speak in front of people and hold workshops, but again, I don’t think that makes me an extrovert either.

Most people who meet me think that I am an extrovert, but actually I am more of an introvert most of the time. I really truly enjoy my own company and can spend hours pottering around the house while I let my thoughts run through some interesting concepts I have heard or seen.

Perhaps I have some qualities from each end of the spectrum – and maybe most of us are that way too?

So how does our personality type influence our sleep ?

Sleep can be seen as a type of inversion where the person withdraws from the outside world and is totally focused on their interior world.

Sleeping is a way of being at total peace with what is going on in our lives and letting go of the outside word, neither worrying nor stressing, not being excited or connected either.

We are social animals, so of course living in such a busy world, a lot of people suffer from overwhelm, struggling to take action, not deciding what they truly want and so on. Our world is influenced by so much choice these days, that we can find it hard to stay connected to what matters the most. This confusion can extend to taking care of ourselves, and the importance of down time and sleep.

Many studies indicate that today we are sleeping less than even just a decade ago. Sleep deprivation is causing serious health issues but yet, most people ignore these and carry on living their life half asleep during the day and half awake at night.

Are you an extrovert? For many extroverts, the idea of sleeping seems like a waste of time. You perhaps think that you would rather spend time doing something that has an impact on your outside world and circumstances? Or perhaps the issue for you is more about not knowing how to enjoy time spent by yourself and make the most of resting.

Or are you an introvert? Are you someone who enjoys quiet time and focuses your energy inwards and on what matters to you? Do you feel better in solitude, almost disconnecting from the outside world? It could be that sleep is your best chance of solitude and you wish for more of it.

Either of these can affect our sleep negatively or positively, depending on the ‘extremes’ of your personality.

I became very aware of this when I burnt myself out years ago. We all have a bit of both personality types. The trick is finding a way to soften the extremes of our personality and become more in charge of our choices – therefore where we spend our time – more consciously than ever before.

My tips for today are simple:

Become aware of the things that trigger the extremes of your personality so that you don’t drive yourself to burnout. Grab some alone time when you need it, and reach out for company when you want it.

If you need any help from me, then you can reach out to me too.

Do you identify as an introvert or an extrovert? And how does that affect your down time?

Leave me a comment below.

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