Sleep Stages

Sleep Stages

While you sleep, your body goes through a series of stages, N1, N2, N3 and REM. As seen in the graph, you will cycle through these stages multiple times during the night, roughly every 90 – 110 minutes. N3 is deep sleep, said to be the best stage where restfulness occurs and where the mind releases fluid specialized to remove any waste from your brain. REM sleep is where dreams occur. Did you know that your muscles
enter a paralyzed state so you don’t act out your dreams, leaving only your eyes to move (Rapid-Eye-Movement).

Bedtime Routines

Why can they be so important? Having a consistent routine each night helps signal to your brain to start shutting down and prepare for sleep. Adding relaxing techniques into your routine may help you have better sleep, helping to relieve any anxiety and to help those eyelids droop quicker. Think of it as your wind down time, a time to shed the things that happened during the day, come into a center and fall asleep in a more peaceful and deeper sleep.

Ideas:

  • Wash your face
  • Read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Yoga
  • Pick outfit out for the next day
  • Pray/Meditate

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Why is Sleep Important?

Since we spend a THIRD of our life sleeping, sleep has to be important right? Scientists can all agree that sleep majorly impacts our lives while we are awake and they are continually learning of all the ways sleep is incredibly helpful to our overall health!

Here are just some of the ways sleep affects our health:

  • Cleans toxins from brain
  • Memory consolidation
  • Strengthens memories
  • Solving problems
  • Clearer thinking during the day
  • Increase of energy
  • Increase creativity
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Lowers heart disease risk & more

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