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Sleep Cycles – The Key to a Restful Sleep

Sleep Cycles

Did it ever occur to you that you can become the sole master of your sleeping patterns?

Knowing the mechanism of sleep will give you an advantage when it comes to your resting habits. If you know how and when to sleep, you will let your body revitalize, and you will be rested enough to take on another challenging day.

Sleep is a progression of five distinct sleep cycles.

Whether you get to fulfill all of them adequately during a night will determine if you are either feeling cranky or fresh the next morning.

If you do not go through all the necessary sleep cycles during your night, this will cause you to wake up tired and groggy – a state also called “sleep inertia”.

It does not matter if you slept all the hours you deem fit if you don’t have a qualitative sleep.

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Every sleep stage fulfills a certain physiological and neurological function, each of which is responsible for the overall mental and physical health of your body. The charts below show the sleep phases you go through on an average night.

sleep cyclesTo begin with, if you will wake up during a deeper state of sleep, the outcomes are disastrous – you feel exhausted and cranky.

Therefore, you should wake up only when you are in a light sleep cycle (REM – this is also the phase in which you dream). This will ensure that the negative effects won’t be as acute as when you wake up from an N-Rem (Non-Rem is the sleep phase in which your body replenishes its energy and repairs damaged cells).

Maybe you’ve realized that most of the time you wake up from a dream and that’s when you feel most refreshed. However, this sometimes may vary if you do not complete all the other sleep cycles.

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Don’t worry though, because I will tell you how to overcome this issue.

Learning how to avoid ‘sleep inertia’ is going to benefit you in the long run.

Getting the sleep that your body requires makes you more productive in your daily activities and have a better outlook on life.

A positive state of mind and energy are just two of the things that you will start noticing as you will begin practicing this sleep technique.

The best thing about it is that it’s so easy to do; you don’t even have to use complicated charts, count your hours of sleep or estimate when to wake up.

Now you can use all different sorts of apps that calculate your sleep cycles and determine when you should wake up.

Furthermore, these apps may even have a feature of measuring that tells you when you should go to sleep so that you can wake up refreshed at the desired hour.

One of the apps I am recommending (and also using) is http://sleepyti.me, but you also have others to choose from.

If you start today, you will be able to see the results in a few days till the body adjusts and replenishes its ‘sleep’ reservoir.

Tell me in the comments below how this app improved your sleep and don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE.

To your health!

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