Pay Attention to Your Sleep Cycle

Sleep. Most of us don’t get enough of it and have trouble getting up when we do sleep. A sleep cycle lasts about an hour and a half, and each cycle has 5 stages:

Stage 1 is when we just settle in to sleep and lasts about 10 minutes.

Stage 2 is when it is apparent you are asleep and is light sleep you are easily awakened from stage 2, this lasts about 20 minutes.

Stage 3 is a transitional stage that lasts around 5 minutes this stage is the start of deep restful sleep.

Stage 4 lasts about 30 minutes and this is when deep sleep dreams can occur here.

Stage 5 or REM sleep lasts around ten minutes, dreams generally happen here. Brain waves in this stage are more erratic than when you are awake.

The odd thing is, that after stage 4 you go back up the stages until stage 2 and instead of going to stage 1 you go to REM sleep.  Then, after REM sleep, you go back down to stage 4 and so on. So, if you wake up during stage 2 after REM sleep you are less tired, but you can also wake up before REM sleep and you will be less tired. However, next time you sleep your brain attempts to catch you up on the REM sleep you missed. Instead of 10 minutes of REM you get about 20, extending your sleep cycle time.

If you time your sleep cycles right you will get more restful sleep and wake up easier. Don’t ever sleep for under an hour because you are interrupting a cycle. So 1.5 hours, 3 hours, 4.5 hours etc. are the recommended amounts to sleep.

About Thain

I am a high school senior with a strong interest in psychology and philosophy; my interest in psychology stems from my analytical thinking, I analyze just about everything. It is similar for philosophy except that everything is more in theory than in fact. These all compound to create the reason why I joined HNWF; self help type stuff has a lot of psychological principles in it and surrounding it. I joined because I was surrounded by it and the idea of being part of it interested me.

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