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Understanding Sleep Cycles and How to Improve Sleep UNDERSTANDING SLEEP CYCLES. As we age we actually get less deep sleep, says Corser. At 20 years old, about 20% of our THE BENEFITS OF REM SLEEP. REM sleep helps us maintain emotional stability and is when our brain processes memories and TIPS.
It’s a predictable cycle that includes two distinct parts – NREM, or Non-REM sleep, plus a REM or “Rapid Eye Movement” cycle. Check out what happens in your body during each phase of sleep: Stage One: Within minutes (sometimes even within seconds!) of nodding off, your brain produces what are called alpha and theta waves and your eye movements slow down. Here are a few tips to improve your sleep: Set a schedule – go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day but no later than a few hours before going to bed. Avoid caffeine and nicotine late in the day and alcoholic drinks before bed.
How Sleep Cycles Work A full sleep cycle is about 90 minutes, meaning that you experience all five phases in an hour and a half. The first four phases of a sleep cycle are considered Non-REM (NREM) sleep, which means that we’re transitioning from light sleep into deep sleep. During NREM sleep, we don’t have much muscle or brain activity. No matter what your sleep problems are, understanding sleep cycles might be just what you need to start knowing your body a little better and fulfilling its needs when it comes to rest and repair. Keep reading to learn more about sleep cycles, and to access a few tips on what you can do to sleep better than ever.
Our sleep includes phases of alternating non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that repeat themselves about every 90 minutes. Non-REM sleep accounts for about 75% of your sleep cycle (stages 1-4), while REM sleep, the period where we experience intense dreams, only lasts for about 25% of your sleep cycle. (NREM = Non REM sleep) During the course of an eight hour sleep period, a healthy sleeper should cycle through the various sleep stages every 90 minutes or so. Stage N1 (NREM1) sleep is a transition period from being awake to falling asleep. During this time you may have a sudden dream onset.
Perhaps the most famous of the sleep cycles, REM sleep is interesting and almost the stuff of sci-fi. Most people experience REM sleep around 90 minutes after falling asleep. At the same time, it is important to recognize that the biphasic sleep cycle described in history took place in a markedly different time. It is difficult to draw lessons about optimal lifestyle habits from pre-industrial societies that had no electricity and thus no artificial light, no air-conditioning, no modern medical facilities, and.
Although alcohol may help bring on sleep, after a few hours it acts as a stimulant, increasing the number of awakenings and generally decreasing the quality of sleep later in the night. It is therefore best to limit alcohol consumption to one to two drinks per day, or less, and to avoid drinking within three hours of bedtime.
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