Whether you’re a new parent, an overworked businessperson, or a tired teenager, you probably need no convincing that sleep is a beautiful thing. Most of us look forward to that moment when we slip under the covers and head to dreamland.
But sleep is more than just a feel-good activity. Keep reading to learn more from Trusted Health Products about the importance of sleep to our overall health and longevity.
What Happens During Sleep?
When you sleep, your brain goes through two different cycles, called REM (rapid-eye movement) sleep and non-REM sleep.
Non-REM sleep is comprised of three stages, including:
REM sleep occurs after deep sleep. During this phase of sleep, eye movements are rapid and brain waves are more active. People can be awoken easily during REM, but arousal during this time may result in a groggy, sleepy feeling.
Most people cycle through all four stages of sleep every 90-120 minutes, so they go through each cycle four or five times per night.
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep is essential to brain function and overall physical health. Sleep promotes brain plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to process and remember information. Researchers think that sleep may help with brain plasticity by efficiently removing waste products from our brain cells.
Sleep also helps keep our metabolism functioning properly and strengthens our immunity. People who do not get enough sleep are at greater risk of many health issues, including depression, high blood pressure, and migraines.
Tips to Get to Sleep
Armed with knowledge of the importance of sleep and our sleep tips, you’re more than ready to get into a great sleep routine. Getting better rest will boost your mood and allow you to have more energy and mental clarity throughout the day. Sweet dreams!
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Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.