Do you get enough REM to have a head full of dreams ?
Sleep plays a huge role in supporting our mental and physical and social wellbeing with sleep deprivation having an impact on our minds, bodies and moods, its crucial that we are all getting the best nights sleep we can get.
In order to maintain proper function and health we require the full spectrum of the sleep pattern, and many things can affect the quality of the sleep we get each night.
Sleep patterns can be affected by many things including age, the amount of recent sleep or wakefulness, the time of day or night relative to your genetics and your individual body clock, exercise, stress, environmental conditions.
Its easy for your sleep patterns to get disrupted, repeatedly missing a night’s sleep, an irregular sleep schedule, or disturbance of sleep can result in a redistribution of your sleep stages, meaning you may be missing out on some of the crucial elements that sleep provides your body.
For example, alcohol before sleep tends to supress REM sleep early in the night, as the alcohol is metabolised the REM sleep rebounds and you are more likely to awake and have a broken night’s sleep.
Working through the four stages of sleep each have their own characteristics and benefits, and when you wake to an early alarm or haven’t had the last hour or two of your natural sleep patterns, the sleep you sacrifice is mainly REM, the most dream rich stage of sleep.
We dream in all stages of sleep, but our most vivid and memorable, where we truly feel transported occur mainly in the time just before we wake in the morning,
So what importance does our dreams have on our well-being, and state of mind – what impact does ‘losing’ our dreams have?
As a society we are becoming busier and less in tune with our natural body rhythms, with more things in our lives that can interrupt our sleep quality.
Does waking up to an early alarm really make us productive if we have lost dream time that helps us consolidate and set aspirations for ourselves as individuals or society – that space that allows us to imagine and dream about possibilities and ‘outside the box thinking’.
How many of us have woken to a dream and wondered was there a meaning, or message in the dream for us to consider, was it answering something we’ve been trying to solve. If we just jump out of bed and don’t give the dream any thought and consideration have, we missed an opportunity to develop and grow.
So, let’s take the time to improve our sleep patterns, understand what our bodies need, appreciate our body clocks and our genetics, the benefits can be incalculable, from weight loss, to improved mindset and moods, and that extra hour of dreamtime, will allow you to Follow your dreams as they know the way.
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Follow your dreams, they know the way.