by Jimmy Law
Did you know that when we sleep, we go through 5 different stages? The experience differs with each individual stage. Knowing these stages will help you maximize the energy you gain from your daily dose of sleep or naps.
In the first stage of sleep, we all have consciously experience it before. Try to recall the times when we fell asleep during long hours of lectures, or when your mind wanders off and you find yourself day-dreaming. It really feels good being in this stage, our mind and body are in the state of relaxation. This stage is merely the doorway to our sleep.
During the second stage of sleep, our mind is trying to shut itself down. At this point, the slightest disturbance in our environment would wake us. Once awaken from this stage of sleep, you’ll swear that you’ve been awake all this time, when in fact you’ve actually fallen asleep.
Once we’re in the third and fourth stages of sleep, we can officially declare that we are truly asleep. These stages are called deep sleep. During deep sleep, the activity of our mind and physical body are at the lowest point of the day. Our muscles and organs are nourished and replenished during this stage. The lack of these stages would cause us to feel tired once we’ve awaken from our sleep.
The fifth stage of sleep is called Rapid Eye Movement, or simply REM sleep. As the name suggests, our eyes move rapidly during this stage. The dreams we’ve experience during our sleep occurs at this stage.
Understanding these stages in our sleep helps us to gain more quality sleep.