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How To Wake Up Early and Sleep Better

How To Wake Up Early Feeling Refreshed Even With Less Sleep

Nature has implanted in us a very sophisticated mechanism in us regarding our sleep patterns. Knowing and understanding these patterns can help us adjust our sleeping habits to become early risers. Giving the body the correct amount of rest can help us be more productive, even if you end up spending less time asleep.

The amount of sleep our body needs differs from day to day depending on the daily actives we carry out. Simply going to sleep and setting your alarm for the same times everyday may not help you wake up early but may in fact cause more disorientation to the mind and body leaving you feeling less satisfied with the amount of sleep you are getting.

How To Sleep Better

How To Sleep Better

Sleeping occurs in cycles of around 90-110 minutes, most people sleep for around 8 hours which is approx 5 cycles however those who sleep for only six will only sleep through 4 cycles.

Stage 1: Drowsy sleep. This is the transition period from being awake to falling asleep. Your eyes become drowsy and your muscle activity slows down, during this period you may be woken easily and may experience sudden jerks or twitches which are completely normal and just signs of the body beginning to rest.

Stage 2: Light Sleep. At this stage your body is relaxed and prepares to enter deep sleep. This stage usually lasts slightly longer than the other stages.

Stage 3: During this time our muscle activity and the body is still. In stage 3 we may experience nightmares, sleep walking and sleep talking. Being woken in either stage 3 or 4 often leaves us feeling groggy and disorientated for several minutes.

Stage 4: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep. This stage is very different from all other stages because in REM sleep brain wave activity is similar to an awakened state. At this stage the body experiences periodic eye movement, muscle paralysis and/or irregular breathing. Heart and blood pressure may increase resulting in intense dreaming.

The order of these stages is: 1-2-3-4-3-2-1-REM.

The end of REM sleep is the perfect time to wake up. Some wake up devices monitor your body to identify sleep stages and wake you up after the 5th stage is over. Adjusting your sleeping time to coincide with sleep patterns can help you wake up feeling refreshed and even more rested than simply getting more hours of sleep.

It is best to keep some regularity to your sleep patterns but also to try and wake in the correct stage. If you body has had less sleep one night, it is likely you will require more sleep the next night, so try to go to bed when you are actually tired and your body needs to sleep. Depending on your age you will probably need around 6-10 hours of sleep each day, try to wake at the end of a cycle which finishes around these times.

Predicting how much sleep you may need based on your sleep stages can help you get the optimal amount of sleep. Some people have reported great success with a sleeping technique known as Polyphastic Sleep. This is when we choose to sleep for just one cycle in which we jump directly to the REM stage. Sleeping for 20-30 minutes and then staying awake for 3-4 hours can cut our amount of sleep down to just 4 hours per day. Although this has worked for some people the method is still controversial, advice is to research carefully before seeing if this works for you.


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