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The Guide to a Healthy Sleep

Updated on February 1, 2018

Sleep Better, Live Healthier

For most of us sleep is something we take for granted as it just comes naturally. While it is still unknown the exact reason why we dream, we acknowledge that sleep is necessary for our body and internal organs to rest. That is why our body cannot function well without taking several hours of sleep each day.

To better make this topic of sleep interesting, let us go into some bit of details of what happens to us when we sleep.

Sleep is a state in which your whole body goes to rest and unresponsiveness. It is only your brain that is left working but carries out little activity. Scientific research shows that sleep is categorized into two phases:

-Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep

-Non-REM sleep or slow wave sleep.


  • REM sleep

REM sleep is characterized by the presence of fast eye movements during sleep. This kind of sleep is much less restful than gradual-wave sleep and is associated with dreaming and physical muscle movements. During REM sleep a person’s threshold to be aroused by using outside stimuli is better than for the duration of slow-wave sleep. coronary heart price and breathing emerge as abnormal at some stage in REM sleep, a function of the dream nation.

The mind is extraordinarily lively all through REM sleep. The electroencephalogram shows styles of mind wave interest just like those that occur during the waking hours. due to this option of REM sleep, it is often additionally referred to as paradoxical sleep as it is a paradox that one may be asleep and but the mind is fairly active.

  • Non-REM sleep

In comparison, non-REM sleep is characterized via deep sleep. The length of REM sleep episodes is longer in advance within the night while one is most worn-out. As one becomes more rested during the night, the period of REM sleep episodes decreases.

at some stage in non-REM sleep the blood pressure, respiratory and metabolic fee are all depressed substantially. physical moves do not arise all through non-REM sleep.

Non-REM sleep is also called slow wave sleep as in the course of this period the brain waves are very strong and of a totally low frequency (i.e. sluggish).

While non-REM sleep is once in a while referred to as dreamless sleep, goals or even nightmares can arise at some point of non-REM sleep. These are not related to motion and are not remembered as they may be not consolidated to reminiscence throughout this sleep segment.

Sleep cycles

REM sleep happens at approximately ninety minute durations. There are commonly 4 to six cycles of REM and non-REM sleep each night time. Later into the night time, the REM episodes become longer and non-REM sleep will become shorter and lighter.

Non-REM sleep may be described as level 1, 2, 3 or four. levels 1 and 2 are often called light sleep and tiers three and 4 as deep sleep, gradual wave sleep or delta sleep.

Having said this, sleep may seem as simple as closing your eyes. however is it surely that simple? sarcastically getting an excellent night sleep appears to have come to be a far off dream for a variety of people. allow’s take for instant the sleep facts achieved in the America:

  • 70 million is the number of Americans who suffer sleep-related disorders.
  • 18 million is the number of Americans who suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which the windpipe collapses while a person is sleeping. This blocks the air passages and causes the person to wake up repeatedly during the night.
  • 12 million the number of Americans affected by the restless leg syndrome, in which a constantly twitching leg deprives a person of sleep.

A research by the Time Magazine shows that Americans sleep about 90 minutes less than people did a century ago on average.

These are some of the reasons that contribute to these statistics as far as America is concerned:

  • Too much caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Insufficient exercise
  • Irregular hours
  • A new baby in the family
  • An uncomfortable bed
  • Tension at work or at home
  • Noise pollution

One, some, or all of these factors are everyday realities of life today. There's really no getting away from them. But yes, we can counter them effectively without relying on addictive drugs and tranquilizers. And thus the reason for this article; to help those whose dream is to sleep well become a satisfying reality. Again, the irony in that statement right? Here are some of the ways:

Step One

Evaluate your sleep quotient. Make some self-observations on how you sleep and ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do you have trouble falling asleep?
  • Do you often wake up during the night?
  • Do you snore?
  • Are you a restless toss-and-turn kind of sleeper?
  • Do you often feel sleepy during the day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to take some positive steps toward the sleep of your dreams.

Step Two

Start simple

If you have been a chronic late-sleeper for years, or suffered disturbed sleep for a long time, don't expect your problems to melt away with the first positive step you take. Some people may suffer from self induced insomnia which is a worry about lack of sleep which makes it even more difficult to sleep. For instance,some people tend to lie awake on Sunday nights, worrying that they won't be able to sleep enough to start the Monday fresh.

So it is best to start small. Begin with three easy changes:

  1. Cut down on caffeine, especially in the afternoon. Caffeine is well known to be a sleep suppressant.
  2. Eat a light dinner. This will keep your digestive system happy, and with good digestion comes good sleep.
  3. Invite sleep into your eyes by creating a restful environment. Avoid sense-stimulating activities like watching television, reading a book, or working on an office file. Just lie back and relax. Ideally, being in bed by 10:00 p.m. is a great, sleep-promoting habit to cultivate.

There's every other alternative of journeying an ayurvedic medical doctor who will observe your pulse and determine which precise imbalances are causing your sleep problems. primarily based on his conclusions, the vaidya can propose herb blends to help repair normal balance, and with it, your capacity to sleep nicely.

Maharishi Ayurveda has in its treasury of natural healers some top notch sleep formulations. pleased Sleep and Deep relaxation natural pills sell deep and restful sleep.

Good night!

Now lets venture into the world of hypnotic sleep together :)
Now lets venture into the world of hypnotic sleep together :)

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