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DEEP SLEEP

What actually is deep sleep and what amount of it we really
need? Are we getting enough sleep?

We always ask ourselves this question as a lot of us notorious for not sleeping enough. It actually takes about an hour to actually fall asleep, and when we actually do, it is only for few (blissful) hours. Then you use caffeine to fuel up the day. This makes you hyper-aware of how poor your sleeping habits are.

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What actually is deep sleep and what amount of it we really
need? Are we getting enough sleep?

We always ask ourselves this question as a lot of us notorious for not sleeping enough. It actually takes about an hour to actually fall asleep, and when we actually do, it is only for few (blissful) hours. Then you use caffeine to fuel up the day. This makes you hyper-aware of how poor your sleeping habits are.

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What happens when we doze off?

Stages of sleep

National Sleep Foundation states that our sleep cycles follow a pattern of altering Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) which repeats in every 90 minutes.

NREM: 75% of the night

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Stage 1

The relaxed state just before you nod off. You are awakened easily here. Twitching is common.

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Stage 2

You start becoming disengaged from your surrounding and your body temperature drops.

restorative sleep

Stage 3

The deepest and most restorative sleep. People awakened during this stage don’t adjust immediately and feel disoriented.

REM: 25% of the night

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After a deep sleep, we slip back to stage 2 before entering REM sleep. We spend almost 50% of our total sleep time in stage 2, about 20% in REM, and 30% in other stages.

Why is deep sleep important?

Deep sleep is the stage when our bodies repair themselves and build up energy for the next day. It is when tissue repair occurs and your body detoxifies itself. It is also where the release of growth hormones occurs in children and young adults, aiding the body’s maturation process.

Sleep Association states about deep sleep, “Most of the body’s cells also show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins during deep sleep. Thus, it can truly be called ‘beauty sleep’ since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays.

Activity in parts of the brain that control emotions, decision-making processes, and social interactions are drastically reduced during deep sleep, suggesting that this time of sleep may help people maintain optimal social and emotional functioning while they are awake.”

How much deep sleep should you get?

The older we get, the lesser time we spend in deep sleep.
Why? One reason is deep sleep is where the growth hormones are released.
Thus, we spend less time as we age.
Deep sleep is important to repair and rejuvenate our bodies.
Who doesn’t want to feel that way?

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How much deep sleep should you get?

The older we get, the lesser time we spend in deep sleep. Why? One reason is deep sleep is where the growth hormones are released. Thus, we spend less time as we age.
Deep sleep is important to repair and rejuvenate our bodies. Who doesn’t want to feel that way?

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Can a mattress help you achieve deep sleep?

It is very important that nothing disturbs your sleep cycle as you have to pass through several stages to reach deep sleep. One of the most common disruptors is an uncomfortable or ill-fitting mattress.

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You need a mattress that offers optimal spinal alignment and pressure point relief. This way, even changing sleeping position does not make you wake from the sleep.

To get the best night’s sleep, you need a mattress matching your style and preferences. Memory foam is suitable for back sleepers as it offers contouring support. If you sleep hot, then you’ll remain coolest on innerspring. Latex mattress lets you feel “weightless” or “uplifting” holding you aloft without letting you sink too much. Additionally, they are highly durable. All this makes latex a favourite among industry experts.

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