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Man Sleeping in Bed with Alarm on the Bedside Table | Featured image for Wenatex’s Science of Sleep: Understanding Your Sleep Cycle Blog.

Sleep is undoubtably a fundamental and crucial aspect of our lives, playing a major role in maintaining overall health and well-being – and assisting us in how we get by day-to-day. At the heart of each sleep experience lies the intricate phenomenon known as the sleep cycle, individual to each and every one of us. This pattern of sleep stages isn’t just about resting; it’s a dynamic process that impacts cognitive function, emotional well-being, and physical health.

In this blog, we dive into the makeup of the sleep cycle, and explore the factors that influence it while uncovering techniques that can allow you to enhance the quality of your sleep for a healthier, more fulfilling life.

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Understanding Your Sleep Cycle

The sleep cycle is composed of several distinct stages, each serving a unique purpose in the body’s restoration and maintenance processes. Broadly categorised into two phases—Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) and Rapid Eye Movement (REM)—the sleep cycle unfolds over approximately 90 to 110 minutes. NREM sleep consists of four stages, while REM sleep, characterised by vivid dreams and rapid eye movements, is the fifth and final stage.

 

Influencing Factors

Various factors can influence the quality and duration of each cycle, such as lifestyle choices, levels of stress, and our environmental conditions as well. Electronic devices emitting blue light, irregular sleep schedules, and stimulants like caffeine can disrupt the natural flow of the sleeping cycle and are some of the biggest pain points when it comes to rectifying any issues with sleep. Take into considerations that age and certain medical conditions can also have an impact on the balance between NREM and REM sleep, affecting overall effectiveness of sleep cycles.

 

Understanding Sleep & Sleeping Techniques

Establish a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Maintaining a regular sleep routine helps regulate the body’s internal clock, promoting a more stable and predictable cycle. Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

Create a Relaxing Bedtime Ritual

Engaging in calming activities before bedtime signals to your body that it’s time to wind down. This could include reading a book, practicing meditation, or even taking a warm bath to give your body time to wind down for the evening. A key point for relaxing routines are avoiding stimulating activities or bright screens (such as smartphones) in the hour leading up to sleep.

Optimise Your Sleep Environment

Ensure your bedroom is conducive to sleep by keeping it cool, dark, and quiet. Invest in a comfortable and hygienic mattress and pillows to support a restful night’s sleep. If you’ve already considered the type of pillows you’re using, we offer an orthopaedic mattress suitable for elevating your sleep health.

Mindful Eating & Hydration

Be mindful of your diet, especially in the hours leading up to bedtime. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and excessive alcohol intake, as they can disrupt the sleep cycle. Stay hydrated but limit fluid intake close to bedtime to prevent disruptive trips to the bathroom.

Regular Physical Activity

Regular exercise has been linked to improved sleep quality, or simply moving your body on a regular basis. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days but be mindful of not engaging in vigorous activity too close to bedtime.

By understanding sleep and the intricacies that encompass it, along with implementing these techniques, you can unlock the answers to a more restorative and restful night’s sleep. Prioritising rest is a crucial investment in your overall health and well-being, paving the way for improved cognitive function, emotional resilience, and a more vibrant life – especially as life gradually becomes busier.

 

Elevate Your Sleep with Wenatex

If you’re wanting to enhance your sleeping cycle, whether it’s for comfort, or your sleeping environment, we offer an array of different products suitable to the sleeping experience; such as our Austrian beds. Want to know more about the science of sleep? Take a look at the rest of our blogs for additional topics or give us a call on 1300 858 139 to discuss what’s best for you.

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