You got 8 hours of sleep and you still feel groggy the next day. What gives?
The answer may lie in REM sleep – specifically, how much of this deep sleep you’re getting. You’d think that the more sleep you get, the more deep sleep you’ll have in that night, but that’s not necessarily the case. The later sleep stages are very essential to your restfulness and restorative sleep, and here’s why:
Why REM sleep is so important
We have four stages of sleep every night, each with a different function. There’s Stage 1, where you’re drifting off; Stage 2, or light sleep; Stage 3, which is deep sleep; Stage 4, deeper sleep; and REM.
In deep sleep, the body repairs cells and promotes tissue growth. In REM sleep, the brain is believed to consolidate memories. These stages are crucial to wake up feeling rested. “It’s not the total hours you’re in bed; it’s how much deep sleep and how much REM sleep you get,” according to Dr. Tadeh Vartanian, our board-certified pharmacist and Director of Operations.
How to get more REM sleep
To ease into a deep, restorative night’s sleep, you need to be able to relax. This will help you not only fall asleep faster but stay asleep and cycle through the stages effectively.
completeblue's SLUMBER, for example, has been found to reduce stress and calm neurotransmitter hyperactivity thanks to the magnesium and to reduce the stress of the nervous system thanks to the jujube. Promoting a steady state of relaxation that helps you stay asleep longer is always a plus.
Some other tips include:
- Putting your phone down an hour before bed
- Getting healthy exercise in, but also giving yourself about 2 hours to cool down after your workout
- Setting a cool temperature of 68 to 72 Fahrenheit
- Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and beyond
- Avoiding alcohol before bedtime
- Having a consistent schedule and routine
When we don’t get quality REM and deep sleep, we feel it the next day. We at completeblue are here for you in your quest in achieving it!