Sleep matters more than we often give it credit for. Our bodies do important restoration, reparation and processing work while we sleep. It rejuvenates the brain and body so we can function optimally the next day. Sleep also helps us organize new skills, facts and experiences.
Each stage of sleep has its own physiological, neurological and psychological features and they flow together to form sleep cycles. All stages of sleep are important. It is the balance of time spent in each sleep stage that is critical to feeling fully rested and refreshed, and to having the mental and physical energy to meet the requirements of the waking day. Together, each stage forms a 90-minute sleep cycle. To perform optimally, we need about 5 cycles per night (90 x 5 = 450 minutes, or 7.5 hours).
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REM (an acronym for Rapid Eye Movement) is an important stage of sleep because it stimulates the areas of the brain that help with learning, memory and mood, and is associated with increased production of proteins.
A good night’s sleep is falling asleep within 20 minutes of lying down, getting 7 to 9 hours of consecutive, non-disruptive sleep, and waking up feeling refreshed in the morning.
Yes. They’re helpful for tracking sleep duration, quality, phases and other environmental factors. Each sleep stage forms a 90-minute sleep cycle. To perform optimally, you’re looking for about 5 cycles per night (90 minutes x 5 = 450 minutes, or 7.5 hours).
A sleep study monitors breathing activity, oxygen levels and heart rates over the course of a night. This information helps us determine if you have a sleep disorder. If you do have one, it’s important to be diagnosed and treated, so you can start feeling better. Untreated sleep disorders can contribute to other diseases and conditions, such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and depression.
At your house. We use Level 3 sleep studies, which means we’ll provide the device and the instructions; you set it up at home, sleep for the night and then send us the device via mail or drop-off.
If we haven’t answered your question, please reach out and ask. One of our sleep specialists will be happy to help.
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