Sleeptember Insight: What your bedhead says about your sleep

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What does your bedhead style say about your sleep?

Last week we reviewed the different kinds of bedhead styles you might encounter: Dynamite, The Flick, The Flathead, and Flawless.

But what do these four common bedhead styles reveal?

dynamite bedhead sleeptemberTossing and turning is the main cause for Dynamite hair. Odds are, you’re only getting 1 to 3 solid hours of sleep.

Why are you tossing and turning? Could be for any number of reasons:

flick bedhead selfie sleeptemberThe Flick may require a little extra humidity to hold its shape, as well as the opportunity to mold a cowlick into being. For that, you’re probably getting more hours of sleep (4 to 6), but it might be in a funny position.

Why might you sleep in a funny position? Could be for any number of reasons:

  • Shared bed with an “active” sleep partner (could include adult bed partner, child or children, or pets that tend to move around and kick a lot)
  • Uncharacteristically warm bedroom
  • Undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (which can cause excessive sweating)
  • Medical condition that causes excessive sweating (obesity, menopause “hot flashes,” diabetes)

flathead bedhead selfie sleeptemberThe opposite of cowlicks is The Flathead. You didn’t move all night, and it appears your pillow has absorbed all the body in your hair while you slept. That could be a good or a bad thing. It could be good if you actually slept 7 to 9 hours. But it could be bad if you didn’t sleep at all.

  • The Flathead may be the telltale sign of an insomniac.
  • If you sleep at least 7 hours, and dream heavily, waking up in the very same position in the morning, it might be caused by REM rebound, a situation where previous lost sleep is compensated for by the brain in a state of active sleep that shows a mostly REM-inspired architecture.
  • If you have painsomnia (insomnia-inspired pain), you might be a flathead.
  • You might be an awesome sleeper!

flawless bedhead selfie sleeptemberFlawless hair is also a sign you slept all night long. Some people work at having Flawless hair in the morning by using hair products, styling tools, silk pillowcases, braiding techniques, and other tricks. But there might be other reasons why you wake up with ready-to-wear hair:

  • You didn’t sweat too much, which means you are probably healthy and practice good sleep hygiene.
  • You didn’t toss and turn, which means you probably don’t have a sleep disorder like restless legs or insomnia.
  • You awaken feeling well rested and refreshed, which indicates you got your recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
  • Sometimes you just get lucky!


Everybody has a bedhead style. What’s yours?

Select from the options below. After the poll, visit our Facebook page to share your morning bedhead selfie (tag it with #ASAABedhead); even better, follow these instructions and your selfie might even win you four day passes to Disneyworld!

And don’t forget to pledge to get a little extra sleep in September!

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