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Updated: Feb 4, 2023


One of the most crucial things we do is sleep. Contrary to popular belief, adequate sleep allows us to function at our best during the day and is also necessary for overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, too much sleep can have negative consequences as well. We’ll talk about some of these in this blog post. Once you understand the basics of sleep and how it works, you’ll be better positioned to make sound decisions about how much sleep you need and when you need it. And that’s something everyone can benefit from.

What is sleeping?

Sleep is a relaxed, recuperative state that enables the body to heal. The body goes through physiological changes while sleeping that aid in healing and regeneration. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to stay in good health.

There are several stages of sleep, each with its purpose. Non-REM or deep sleep occurs during the first two-thirds of the night and is responsible for restoring energy levels and repairing tissue. REM or rapid eye movement sleep happens in the last third of the night and is important for consolidating memories, regulating moods, and preparing the body for wakefulness.

Types of sleep

Different people sleep in different ways. Some people toss and turn all night long, while others fall asleep within minutes. There are three different types of sleep: non-REM, REM, and light sleep.

The most frequent type of sleep, non-REM sleep, is when dreams are most likely to occur. Your body is mostly still, and your breathing and pulse rate is slow during this stage of sleep. In your sleep, you might be able to hear yourself snore or murmur.

REM sleep is when you produce most of the energy that keeps you alive. During this stage, your heart rate skyrockets, and your muscles tense. You might start kicking or thrashing around during REM sleep which is why some people call it "the wild side of slumber." You typically spend about one-third of your total sleeping time in light sleep, a transitional stage between non-REM and REM sleep. This is when you might experience chills or feel very alert.

Benefits of sleeping

There are innumerable benefits to sleeping soundly, both short-term and long-term. Short-term benefits include increased energy levels, better focus and memory recall, and decreased stress levels. Long-term benefits include healthy body weight and reduced heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease risk.

Sleeping soundly is essential for optimal health. When you sleep well, your body can rejuvenate by repairing the damage done during the day. Your muscles also get a chance to rest and rebuild themselves. Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, good sleep is key to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing chronic diseases.

Tips for improving sleep quality

You must take a few steps to have a restful night's sleep. To start, make sure your bedroom is silent and dark. Avoiding distracting noises like televisions and computers would be beneficial.

It would be beneficial if you made an effort to rise simultaneously every day. By doing this, you can better control your body's natural sleep cycle. Make sure you can sleep in a variety of positions comfortably.

There are a few key things that you can do to improve your sleeping habits. Here are a few tips:

  • Create a bedtime schedule. You'll find it easier to get into bed and go to sleep. Before bed, try unwinding for 30 minutes by reading a book, taking a bath, or engaging in mild exercise.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime. These substances can keep you awake and irritate your sleep cycle.

  • Ensure that the space is cold and dark. You'll be able to fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer in a cool, dark environment. Electronic devices should also not be used in the bedroom because they can interfere with rest.

  • Keep a comfortable pillow on your bed, and avoid using too much pressure when sleeping on your back or stomach.


If you're anything like me, odds are you're constantly on the go, and your sleep is often neglected. But when it comes to your health, a lack of good sleep can have serious

consequences. Here are three reasons why you should pay more attention to your sleep:

  1. Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain and obesity

  2. Poor sleep is linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer

  3. A lack of good sleep can also lead to mood disorders.


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