A Good Night’s Sleep: A Guide to Sleep Cycles
The average person spends a third of their life counting sheep. That’s a heck of a lot of time spent incapacitated. And though it may seem as if time “tucked-in” is time wasted, the research begs to differ.
It’s true! A healthy body and a healthy mind depend on healthy sleeping habits, but you know that already. What you may not know is that your “down in the evening, up in the morning” sleep strategy is but one example.
Today on Healthversed, we don our black-out mask, drink a glass of warm milk and explore the dreamy world of sleep cycles. Let’s go!
How Do The Work?
First, let’s define the term sleep cycle. Your sleep cycle (or sleep pattern) is the process by which your body regulates your sleeping hours. It relies on your circadian rhythm to naturally wind you down and wake you back up again. Most of our sleep cycles are conditioned to follow the light of the sun — rising in the morning and setting in the evening.
Unorthodox work schedules, artificial light, and seasonal changes can all affect your circadian rhythm and your sleep cycle. You can affect your sleep cycle by adjusting your daily patterns as well. And, as you’ll soon find out, many people around the world do exactly that.