Understanding the Science of Sleep
You might have heard people around you say that even though they slept through the night or at least six to eight hours, but are still feeling tired and exhausted. It is quite a common phenomenon. One of the reasons why it happens with so many of us is because the sleep we get does not boost the body’s system from within. As a result, despite sleeping for an adequate amount of time, you are left feeling drowsy, tired and low on productivity.
What most people miss out on here is that they need to improve the quality of their sleep and regulate its cycle in order to boost performance and functionality. Other than this, having a better quality of sleep is integral to a person’s health, immune system as well as a healthy lifestyle.
Now, you might be wondering how to exactly ensure that you get a better of sleep throughout the night and boost energy levels, well; it’s not that tricky to figure out. You need to begin by focusing on these three aspects:
Basically, the intensity of your sleep refers to how well you are able to sleep for a given time. The time you spend in REM (rapid eye movement which is in intervals) sleep and in slow wave sleep can give an idea of the quality of sleep they are able to obtain from each cycle. Duration is simply the time that you spend sleeping while timing, which is perhaps the most important factor in getting a better quality of sleep, refers to the time that you actually fall asleep.
There are two factors associated with timing. The first one is the time that you get into bed and it should roughly be the same every night, while the other one is that the timing of your sleep and your circadian rhythm should be in accordance.
How can these three aspects improve the quality of your sleep?
Well, they each can be useful to a certain extent, when it comes to getting better sleep. However, as mentioned above, the timing is where you need to work on the most.
As far as the intensity of sleep is concerned, you cannot do a lot about it since your body primarily manages the sleep cycle. The intensity adjusts according to the amount of sleep you spend asleep and how much of it do you need. However, you can still make a difference on your sleep intensity by exercising regularly, getting the right nutrition and developing a good light habit.
The duration and timing are slightly connected in the sense that when you improve the timing of your sleep, you improve the duration as well. The earlier you get to bed, the more time you can end up sleeping. If you are consistent about your timing, the quality of your sleep will improve and in turn you can boost performance, productivity as well as overall day to day function.