Recently, there has been a lot of scientific buzz on sleep health. The scientists were just awarded a Nobel Prize for their internal biological clock findings, which has brought even more value to sleep health.
Most people know that a good night’s sleep requires 8 to 10 hours. However, not everyone realizes that a key element is the kind of sleep you are experiencing.
Technically, there 5 different sleep stages, but they can be categorized as 3 basic phases of sleep: Light Sleep 1, Light Sleep 2 and REM.
Light Sleep 1, the transitional phase between our waking and sleep states, only makes up 3% of the average night’s sleep. Light Sleep 2 is the majority of an average night’s sleep and is the segue to REM. While there is no such thing as too much REM, a healthy amount is between 1.5 – 2 hours.
So, why does it matter?
Physical Stress: Uninterrupted, deep sleep is one of the best ways to alleviate stress – something that negatively affects every system of the body.
Mood: Sleep can be both a symptom of a mood disorder as well as a contributing element in the development of one.
Inflammation: Sleeping too much or not enough can attribute to inflammation.
Body Weight: Studies have linked lack of sleep to an increase in appetite increase.
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