How Important is REM Sleep

Studies show that when we're deprived of REM sleep, we exhibit certain day-time difficulties as well, mainly trouble with concentrating, and sometimes drowsiness. Copyright 2004 PowerfulSleep.com All Rights Reserved However, because the body tries to recover deep sleep first as a result of sleep deprivation, we can assume that REM sleep isn't as important to restoring our physical functions. It's not clearly known what purpose REM sleep serves however, scientists do have a theory that we absorb...

Melatonin and Sunlight

Have you ever wondered why human beings sleep at night Did someone just make the decision one day Okay Guys From now on we're all going to go to sleep when the big light in the sky turns off That could possibly be it But there's actually a system inside of us that uses light and darkness to control certain sleep hormone levels. Melatonin is a hormone synthesized in the pineal gland and, to a lesser extent, in the retina. Melatonin is responsible for putting you to sleep and restoring physical...

Sleeping Pills The Death Rattle to the Sleep System

Sleeping pills are complete poison to your sleeping system. Sleeping pills often turn short term insomnia into chronic insomnia. During the mid 19th century the only type of sleeping pills available were Barbiturates. These pills were very dangerous and only an over dose of about 10 was enough to kill you. Marilyn Monroe died of over-dosing on Barbiturates. Currently there are about 4 different types of sleeping pills. 1) Benzodiazepines (commonly referred to as BZs) We will not go over the...

How Nicotine Caffeine and Alcohol Affect Sleep Mmmmmmm Coffee

Ironically, the substance that most of us chose to consume to help wake us up, keeps us from experiencing proper restful sleep. If everyone simply learned the secrets to sleeping properly in this book, there wouldn't be a need for coffee Coffee contains caffeine, which is also present in a wide variety of junk our bodies don't need Cola, Pop, Candy Bars Caffeine increases heart rate and blood pressure, it promotes alertness and reduces fatigue. These effects can last for a few minutes or can...

Under normal conditions the body loses approximately 12 cups of water every day

The main effect of dehydration is seen in your blood, your blood clumps together and can't carry oxygen to all the parts of your body. As an effect, you'll feel tired, low on energy, and your immune system will be lowered. Studies show that most people are so dehydrated, they mistake the body's natural call for water for hunger Most people find it difficult to start drinking 8 cups of water a day, and see it as too much of a chore. However, this is usually only because your body has adapted to...

Little More About Body Temperature

As you've learned, your body temperature is really an internal clock that keeps us awake and sleeping at certain times. It's also extremely important to understand that the rise and drop of body temperature is a cue for the body to produce feelings of awakeness or tiredness. Whenever your body temperature begins to fall, you will feel tired, lethargic, and drowsier. Whenever your body temperature rises, you will feel more energetic, alert, Don't mistake the fall of body temperature at certain...

Proper hydration is good for your sleeping system because

It makes you go to the bathroom more often and this helps you sleep. b. Your brain waves make a swimming pool out of the water in your body and have a fun and relaxing time drinking tequila and pina-coladas all day by the pool. c. Allows your blood to oxygenate your body better for your deep sleep to be more physically recharging. d. Allows your body temperature to adjust easier because of proper hydration in your body.

The Natural Sleep Response

What is the difference between someone with sleeping problems and someone who can fall asleep easily The answer lies in the natural sleep response. As you recall, the first stage of sleep is Stage 1 Sleep. It's in this stage that our brain waves lower from beta waves to alpha and theta waves, and we enter an Alice in Wonderland day dream stage that takes us deeper and deeper into sleep. For most people this response is automatic after they lie in their bed for a few minutes, I call this...

Taking a Warm Bath or Shower

Another reason why you may have trouble falling asleep at night is because your body temperature simply isn't dropping If this is the case, it could either mean You're not getting adequate sunlight or exercise during the day. Or you simply need less sleep Stay awake longer and this won't be a problem -) If this problem still persists, you taking a hot shower before going to sleep can help drop your body temperature, however, you must do this right. A lot of people have conflicting opinions...

Activity Level

Have at least 15 minutes of intense cardio vascular exercise 15 minutes is the minimum. You must provide enough physical demand on your body to raise your body temperature. Any kind of physical exercise will help your body temperature rise to a higher point, delay the body temperature drop, and allow you to sleep deeper. Exercising in the morning is perhaps the best idea as it will get your body temperature to rise quickly. If you exercise in the morning you will easily beat the early morning...

How to Sleep Less and Have More Energy Than You Ever Had Before

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Stage 5 REM Sleep

Stage 5 Sleep is probably the most fascinating stage of sleep, as scientists still do not know the true purpose of this stage. Stage 5 sleep is also termed Rapid Eye Movement, or REM sleep. During the 1950s a scientist by the name of Nathaniel Kleitman discovered that when people were in this stage of sleep, their eyes moved very rapidly in all directions. He also discovered that when people were woken up from this stage, 95 of the time they said they were dreaming just at that time. This is...

Nicotine

If you currently smoke, you might want to strongly consider the following. Nicotine harms sleep in many ways, like caffeine, nicotine produces faster brain waves, heart rate, and breathing rate, and an increased amount of stress hormones in your blood. Generally, if you smoke you can't expect to get quality sleep, the stimulant effects of nicotine will prevent you from sleeping deeply, as nicotine is a poison to your whole body. Nicotine puts your whole system, including your body temperature...

Your Sleeping Posture

Your sleeping posture can also have a very significant effect on how deep you sleep. If you sleep on your back or on your side, you should be fine. However, if you sleep on your front, or need to lie on your front to fall asleep this could have some serious repercussions on your sleep and your back Sleeping on your front puts unnecessary pressure on some of your vital organs, like your stomach, liver, and intestines. You'll also put a lot of strain on your neck and your back, which makes your...