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Unleash the Power of REM Sleep: Tips for More Restful Sleep

Power of REM Sleep

Sleep is one of the most powerful ways to fuel your body. Sleep has four main stages, and the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle is the most critical because it benefits our brain health and emotional well-being. You can enjoy more restful sleep by understanding REM sleep and prolonging the time during this cycle.

The Benefits of the REM Cycle

REM sleep delivers a list of benefits. Primarily, your brain processes the things you learned that day, including motor skills. During this cycle, the brain decides which things you learned will commit to memory and which will delete.

The REM cycle is when your brain processes emotions, activates the central nervous system for wakefulness preparation, and experiences vivid dreams.

How To Enjoy More Restful Sleep

The REM cycle is the deepest part of your sleep, so getting as much of it is essential to feel more well-rested. The following are the best tips to unleash the power of REM sleep.

  1. Proper hydration throughout the day will help you sleep better at night. Stop drinking two hours before bed so that bathroom wake-up calls do not disrupt the opportunity for more REM sleep. 
  2. Blocking out all noise and light in your bedroom is another way to enhance the quality of your sleep. Use masks or earplugs to block out light and noise from the outside.
  3. Boost your magnesium level to help the neurotransmitter known as GABA to regulate your REM sleep. GABA needs magnesium to deliver the vivid dreams you experience during REM sleep and reset turbulent emotions you may have experienced during the day.
  4. Use a white noise or sound machine if too much quiet disrupts your sleep experience. Some great apps provide relaxing background noise to help you fall asleep.
  5. Add a soothing scent in your bedroom to fall asleep fast and stay asleep. Odors can significantly impact how well we sleep. Try calming scents like chamomile, lavender, and vanilla, and avoid more energizing ones like citrus scents or peppermint.
  6. Consider investing in blue light-blocking glasses to use before bed. These special glasses trigger the body to produce melatonin, the hormone the brain produces when you are in the dark. One study showed that these blue light-blocking glasses helped insomniacs, shift workers, and jet laggers fall asleep faster.
  7. A massage during the day can also help you relax and fall asleep more deeply. Although you may not be able to get a massage every day, you can still experience the same kind of stillness and relaxation if you take a peaceful and phone-free bath before bed.
  8. A consistent sleep schedule where you wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day will also help the REM cycle.

Conclusion

Besides these tips, you can experience profound sleep by doing other things like avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed and getting enough light during the day while relaxing in darker lighting at night.

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