Sleep is an important part of your life cycle. Sleep by definition is a naturally recurring state of mind characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, and reduced interactions with surroundings.
Your sleep is divided into 2 stages NREM & REM.
Non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM):This stage of sleep marks the beginning of a sleep cycle. This stage is further divided into 3 stages
Stage 1:This is the stage of relaxed wakefulness , where the eyes are closed but still you are aware of the surroundings. This lasts for about 5-15min .
Stage 2: In this stage the heart rate drops down, the body temperature goes down , that’s why any thermogenic agent is not recommended before sleep, as it will interfere in this stage and will hamper the process of getting into the next stage.
Stage 3:This is the stage where the body goes into the deepest sleep and waking up a person becomes difficult. Even if the person wakes up , he/she becomes disoriented for a few seconds. This is the phase where recovery for the muscles happen, the body repairs and regrow tissues and strengthens the immune system.
Rapid eye movement sleep(REM)
Usually REM happens after 90 min of sleep . This is the phase where we see dreams , as our brain is the most active. Babies stay in REM sleep for about 50% of their sleep cycle whereas adults only stay about 20% in REM in sleep cycle.
Things to keep in mind :
– Try to achieve atleast 6-9 hours of sleep.
– If you work during night shifts , make sure you sleep for the same number of hours in the day.
– Avoid using cellphones on your bedside.
– Avoid doing a workout just before your sleeping hours.
-No fat burners after 5pm.
Make the most of your sleep. Have a anabolic sleep everyone.