Did you know that there are several stages of sleep?
Similar to how a car has different gears that affect its speed, your brain goes through various cycles that affect your sleep quality.
And if you want to wake up feeling well rested, it’s not enough sleep for a particular number of hours. You need to think about the quality of your sleep.
Keep reading to learn about the four stages of sleep and their benefit to your mental and physical health.
- Dozing Off: The first stage of sleep is the “dozing off” phase. In this phase, your body hasn’t fully relaxed, and your brain activities start to slow down with periods of brief movements. This stage usually lasts just one to five minutes.
- Stage 2: In the second stage, your body enters a calm state which involves a drop in temperature, relaxed muscles, slowed breathing, and decreased heart rate. This stage can last for 10-25 minutes during the first sleep cycle. (It can become longer during the night)
- Stage 3: The third stage a.k.a “deep sleep”. In this phase its harder to wake you up. Your muscle tone, beathing rate and pulse decreases as your body unwinds. Expects belives this phase is critical to restorative sleep allowing your body to recover and grow. it may also improve your immune system and other bodily activities. This stage can last for 20-40mins. We spend the most time in this phase during the first half of the night, and it becomes shorter as you continue to sleep.
- Stage 4: The fourth phase is REM (Rapid eye movement). In this phase your brain activity picks up, heart rate increases, respiration increases, and vivid dream may occur. Your body become immobile. And although your eyes are closed, they can be seen moving quickly. This phase is believe to benefit your memory, learning and problem solving ability. You dont enter this phase until you’ve been asleep for 90 minutes.
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Disclaimer: These articles are curated to entertain and educate you, but they
shouldn’t substitute professional medical advice. If you suffer from severe sleep
conditions, please contact a medical professional.