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WHY IS SLEEP IMPORTANT?
To understand why sleep is important, think of your body like a factory that performs a number of vital functions. As you drift off to sleep, your body begins its night-shift work and performs a variety of tasks:
• Healing damaged cells.
• Boosting your immune system.
• Cleaing the glymphatic system in the brain.
• Recovering memories from the day’s activities.
• Recharging your heart and cardiovascular system for the next day.
We all know the value of sleeping well, and we’ve all experienced the feeling of being refreshed after a good night’s sleep. And we all know the feeling of fatigue after a poor night’s sleep.
But even though we know this, in our busy society, many of us are not getting the quality sleep needed to truly receive the health benefits of sleep.
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UNDERSTANDING THE SLEEP CYCLE
Understanding what happens during sleep also means understanding the sleep cycle, which consists of two recurring phases:
REM (rapid eye movement) and NREM (non-REM or non-rapid eye movement). Both phases are important for different functions in our bodies.
NREM sleep typically occupies 75–80% of total sleep each night. Many of the health benefits of sleep take place during NREM sleep tissue growth and repair occurs, energy is restored and hormones that are essential for growth and development are released.
REM sleep typically occupies 20–25% of total sleep each night. REM sleep, when dreaming occurs, is essential to our minds for processing and consolidating emotions, memories and stress.
It is also thought to be vital for learning, stimulating the brain regions used in learning and developing new skills.
If the REM and NREM cycles are interrupted multiple times throughout the night, we miss out on vital body processes, which can affect our health and well-being the next day and long term.