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Shockingly, almost a third of people have insomnia, and this number is ever increasing. If falling or staying asleep is always a battle for you, it could be rooted in how you spend your waking moments. The way you live your everyday life has a direct impact on your ability to fall and stay asleep. Changing certain aspects of the way you live can lead to you getting a better night’s rest. Here at the Linen we have been looking at how lifestyle can affect you're sleep, if you are all kitted out withe latest Linen Cupboard bedding and are still struggling to get to sleep certain things in you're day to day life could be causing this problem. We have been looking at the positive benefits of some healthy lifestyle changes and how they can benefit you're sleeping pattern and also the quality of you're sleep.
In order to wake up feeling refreshed it’s important to focus on both sleep quality. How much sleep you get each night, as well as sleep quality, which indicates how well you sleep. Poor sleep quality can cause you to feel groggy the next day and may even be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But determining the quality of your sleep is less straightforward than counting the number of hours you get. Learn the signs of poor sleep quality, and discover how to improve it. Daytime Tiredness is very common and you may be sitting there thinking I got 8 hours and I'm still tired, put its not always the amount of sleep you have but the quality of sleep you get.
Signs Your Sleep Quality Needs to Improve
Stage One: Within minutes (sometimes even within seconds!) of nodding off, your brain produces what are called alpha and theta waves and your eye movements slow down. This introduction to sleep is relatively brief, lasting up to seven minutes. Here, you are in light stage sleep, which means that you're somewhat alert and can be easily woken. It’s during this stage of sleep that people often indulge in brief “catnaps.”
Stage Two: During this stage, which is also fairly light, the brain produces sudden increases in brain wave frequency known as sleep spindles. Then brain waves slow down. If you were to schedule a 'Power Nap' you’d want to wake up after this stage of sleep.
Stages Three & Four: This stage is the beginning of deep sleep, as the brain begins producing slower delta waves. You won't experience any eye movement or muscle activity. At this point, it becomes a little harder for you to be awakened, because your body becomes less responsive to outside stimuli. The brain produces even more delta waves and you move into an even deeper, more restorative stage of sleep next. It's most difficult to wake up during this stage. This is when the body repairs muscles and tissues, stimulates growth and development, boosts immune function, and builds up energy for the next day.
Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep: You generally enter REM sleep about 90 minutes after initially falling asleep, and each REM stage can last up to an hour. An average adult has five to six REM cycles each night. During this final phase of sleep, your brain becomes more active. REM sleep plays an important role in learning and memory function, since this is when your brain consolidates and processes information from the day before so that it can be stored in your long-term memory.
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