All there is to Know about Healthy Sleep
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been running errands as quickly as possible, just so I
could get home to do housework that I’ve neglected after being at the office all week. I
don’t think I’m alone in thinking, at times, that there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
I’m commonly tempted to spend more and more hours awake, just to get more stuff done.
But how important is all of that “stuff”?
Many people don’t realize it, but much of your health and happiness depends on the
amount and quality of sleep you get each night. People who sleep more go to the doctor
less often and are less stressed. Eventually, going to bed later and waking up earlier will
catch up to you. This kind of lifestyle is extremely unhealthy.
But what can you do to stop the cycle?
Knowledge is power! In order to learn about relieving your sleeping tensions, you must
first learn about sleep itself. Sleep is scientific, and sleep is emotional. Most of all, sleep
is different for every single person. Learn the basics here and then begin to examine your
own sleeping habits. Find out what you can do to change unhealthy habits while
promoting the good habits. When you get more, healthier sleep, your life will drastically
change for the better!
The Stages of Sleep
First and foremost, let’s look at sleep a bit scientifically. No two people sleep in the same
way, but there are general stages of sleep which each person experiences. They are
broadly separated into two types:
Rapid Eye Movement
Non-rapid Eye Movement
Rapid Eye Movement sleep, known as REM sleep, is the stage of sleep in which the brain
is most active. However, for most people, REM also causes the body to be inactive. Most
of your dreams happen in REM sleep. Scientifically, your electroencephalography (the
measure of electrical activity in the brain) has a fairly low voltage during REM sleep, and
you appear electrically similarly to when you are awake.
NREM (Non-rapid eye movement) sleep,