Understanding Sleep Stages and the Power of Routine
Sleep, an important part of our daily routine, can be a complex process. The average person can spend about one-third of their lives asleep! Yet, we often overlook that managing to get quality sleep is equally as essential to our bodies as food and water.
According to an article by the Sleep Foundation,
“During a normal sleep period, you progress through four to five sleep cycles. Each sleep cycle is made up of four individual sleep stages.
The four stages of sleep are further broken down into two categories: rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM sleep. These categories are important because what happens during REM sleep is dramatically different from what happens during non-REM stages. “
The first three stages of sleep are non-REM sleep. Stage 1 is the first stage in which your body starts the transition into the sleep stages. This is essentially when you are beginning to doze off. Following this stage, Stage 2, is where your mind and body begin to slow. These two stages are when you are most susceptible to being woken up.
During Stage 3, also know as deep sleep the body goes into recovery mode. This stage is essential as sleep in stage 3 is what makes us feel refreshed in the morning and lack of deep sleep can contribute to one feeling fatigued.
During REM sleep, Stage 4, our eyes move rapidly from side to side and vivid dreaming occurs. Monitoring brain activity and breathing patterns shows that in this stage the brain levels are similar to when awake and breathing is significantly faster and more irregular. If you’ve been in this stage and woken and realized that you arms and legs felt they were in paralysis that is the body preventing you from acting out your dreams. Disruptions in REM sleep can lead to feelings of grogginess and irritability upon waking.
Now that we have a better understanding of the stages of sleep, let's explore how a routine sleep schedule can significantly impact your sleep quality.
Tips for Sleeping Better and the Role of Routine:
- Set a Consistent Sleep Schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps regulate your body's internal clock, promoting better sleep quality.
- Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Establish calming activities before bedtime, such as reading or gentle stretching, to signal to your body that it's time to wind down.
- Limit Screen Time Before Bed: The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with melatonin production, affecting your ability to fall asleep. Avoid screens at least an hour before bedtime.
- Manage Stress and Anxiety: Incorporate relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to ease your mind before bedtime.
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Make small changes, incorporate these tips, and consider upgrading your sleep environment for a transformative sleep experience.
Embark on the journey to better sleep today. Your well-being and quality of life depend on it. Here's to the start of restful nights and rejuvenated mornings!