Different Personality Types and How it Affects Sleep

Different Personality Types and How it Affects Sleep

The internet is awash with advice on sleep. Getting a good night’s rest now seems to be the holy grail of the internet age. Which is kinda ironic because it’s probably our addiction to screens and the internet that is actually preventing us all from getting to sleep.

What a lot of the largely generic sleep advice dolled out online fails to recognise however is that no two people are the same, our personalities impact every single thing we do. Where each individual falls on the Myers-Briggs spectrum can have a big impact on how well each individual sleeps, when they sleep and even what activities they engage in before bed.

Read on below and I’ll explain briefly how your personality type could affect how well you sleep.

ISTJ – Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging

ISTJs tend to fairly methodical in their thinking. They are likely to be quite conscientious when it comes to bedtime routines and adhering to a regular sleep schedule. They will likely sleep quite well as a result. ISTJs will probably be well-prepared for the following day and wake up relaxed and ready to go.

ISTP – Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

ISTPs tend to avoid human interaction when tired, they will step away and prepare for bed in isolation but that’s not to say they will sleep easily. As problem solvers they might find it hard to go to bed if a task is unfinished. If you’re an ISTP it is vital to remind yourself that sleep helps creativity and logically thinking, problems will be easier to overcome with a good night’s rest under your belt.

ISFJ – Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging

ISFJs often get so tied up in trying to take care of other people’s problems that they forget to focus on the important things or themselves, such as self-care and sleep. ISFJs might find it beneficial to make lists or journal before bed, this way they can get out concerns onto paper and not take them to bed with them.

ISFP – Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

ISFPs unfortunately tend to lead find themselves feeling stressed quite frequently. This can of course have a negative affect on how well they are able to sleep. It’s important for this individuals to recognise this about themselves and work in a stress free wind down time into their pre-bed routines. ISFPs may also find it helpful to employ sleep aids such as meditation techniques, soothing music or a noise generator.

INFJ – Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging

INFJ are rare, it’s thought only one percent of the population has this form of personality type. Being rare they have their own specialised issues when it comes to sleep. Being both perfectionists and highly empathic to the feelings for those around them, INFJ may often find themselves overwhelmed by stress or emotions. Frequent exercise can be very useful as a stress-relief method. A drop of lavender essential oil may on their pillow may help bring some calm to a racing mind too.

INFP – Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving

INFPs are known for their compassion and creative imagination. Two admirable traits in anyone but also a recipe for anxiety and even depression. INFPs tend to feel frustrated when they are unable to find an outlet for their creativity. Setting aside some quality alone time before bed to let the creative juices flow is a great idea. Then winding down with a favourite book or music is the perfect pre-bed choice.

INTJ – Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

INTJs are the ultimate planners, they have logical and forward thinking brains. Constantly organising INTJs don’t often give their minds enough time to simple wander. The favourite pre-bed activity of a INTJ is surfing the internet which doesn’t often lead to good sleep. Getting stuck in ‘doing’ mode is a problem and should be addressed by allowing themselves some wind-down time before bed.

INTP – Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving

INTPs love to learn new things and mentally challenge themselves, they also love relaxing. Many INTPs will unwind in the evening by playing video games or watching television before bed. To improve their odds of a good night’s rest INTPs must learn to balance the amount of time they spend in front of a screen with what’s best for their slumber.

ESTP – Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving

ESTPs tend to thrive on action and adventure. It could be as a result of this free-spirited way of looking at the world that leads to ESTPs having some of the lowest stress levels of all the sixteen personality types. They also tend to prioritised physical activity and sports most highly. This combination of low stress and physical activity tends to make them pretty good sleepers in general – that is when they remember to sleep!

ESTJ – Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging

ESTJs tend to be creatures of habit, which can be good for their sleep if the habits they keep are healthy. ESTJs love watching television and movies, they are diligent workers and like to engage in hobbies. All of which are great ways to destress. It’s important for ESTJs to make sure the activities they engage in before bed aren’t harmful for their sleep, so down with screens and up with books.

ESFP – Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving

ESFPs tend to be happy-go-lucky live each day as it comes type of people. They prefer to see the good in the world rather than the bad. They are also easily distracted which doesn’t always bode well for sleep. Ensuring their rooms are sanctuaries of sleep is important. Blackout curtains are a must and sound machines can be very helpful. Many ESFPs enjoy taking a bath before bed to relax.

ESFJ – Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging

ESFJs love helping those around them, they enjoy socialising and can often be found chatting with friends over a cup of coffee. Come nightfall it can be hard for ESFJs to bring their mind back to themselves, so wrapped up in the lives of others they often are. Activities like journaling can be a great way to calm the wandering mind before settling down for sleep. Avoiding caffeine in the evening time is another.

ENFP – Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving

ENFPs are often so driven by their desire to make the world a better place, or by pursuing their idealistic goals that they completely forget about their bodily needs. Like sleep. ENFPs have to make an extra effort to remember the importance of self-care, particularly getting enough sleep. Banning screens from bedrooms is a must. As are adopting some other pre-bed relaxation techniques such as having a warm bath, journaling or meditating.  

These little tips can help anyone get a better night’s rest, no matter their personality type, for even more sleep hacks like these head on over to the the Sleep Advisor blog.

ENFJ – Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging

ENFJs are often so wrapped up in worrying about everyone else’s problems and lives that they tend to forget to care about themselves as a result. Some ENFJs give so much of themselves away emotionally to others that they can end up being depleted. Sleep is therefore extra important for this personality type. Fortunately they tend to be very good at adopting pre-bed routines such as engaging in stress-busting and sleep-inducing exercises like yoga.

ENTP – Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving

ENTPs tend to be one of the least stressed of all the personality types. As a result of this relaxed nature they tend not to think too much about self-care such as sleep. Hence they have widely differing bedtimes and tend to be nightowls. One of the best ways ENTPs can improve their sleep, and with it their overall health, is just committing to a regular bedtime.

ENTJ – Extraverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

ENTJs are almost universally opposed to the idea of ‘self-care’ and hate being told to ‘relax’ or ‘calm’ down. These hard-working goal-orientated go-getters tend to see work as their way of relaxing. They can find it hard to shut down their racing minds when it comes to sleep. A good technique for ENTJs to improve the odds of a good night’s rest is banning screens from their bedroom. No smartphone or laptop means they can’t be sending work emails before sleepytimes.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it how your personality can impact your sleep routines and how well you tend to sleep. Getting sufficient rest is vital for all of us and knowing exactly how your personality might affect your evening routine is essential knowledge. Knowing what how you are pre-conditioned to behave can help you take measures to improve your self-care regimes. Whether you’re the most introverted or extroverted individual on the planet, one thing remains constant – the better you sleep, the better you, you will be.

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