- Peakminds Psychology
- The Sleep Cycle
The Sleep Cycle
What happens when we sleep
We go through 4-6 sleep cycles per night!
The transition from being awake to falling asleep
Lasts 1-7 minutes
Your body prepares you for deep sleep by decreasing your breathing rate, heart rate, and temperature
Lasts 10-25 minutes
The deepest sleep stage of Non-REM sleep
Most restorative stage that helps your brain and body feel well rested
Lasts 20-40 minutes
Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is the final stage of the sleepcucle and is characterized by rapid eye movements, increased heart hate, and temporary paralysis of volunary musclues During this stage, brain activity is similar to when you’re aware explains why most of our vivid dreams occur during REM sleep!
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