The 5 Stages to Complete a Perfect Sleep

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Have you heard about the stages of sleep? Because it’s part of your day to day existence, you often take for granted the importance of sleep. This human activity has a lot to say about your life. The hours you spent sleeping can tell how you are going to be on a particular day. Indeed, sleeping is an important part of everyone’s life.

Complete a Perfect Sleep

Since the invention of electroencephalograph, scientists are allowed to study the mechanism of sleep. Because of this, it was discovered that there are “stages of sleep”. Sleeping is also categorized into two: (1) Non-Rapid Eye Movement or NREM, this is what everybody calls “quiet sleep”, and (2) Rapid Eye Movement (REM), this is the active one or what they called “paradoxical sleep”.

Before the stages, there are the beginnings of sleep.

Beginnings of Sleep

When you are just starting to sleep, you are moderately alert and awake.

There are things happening during this beginning period:

  • The brain produces beta waves (small and fast).
  • As you slowly begin to relax, the brain creates slower waves called alpha waves.
  • When you are in this state, you might have strange clear sensations called hypnagogic hallucinations.
  • Sometimes, at this state, you can experience myoclonic jerk wherein you are startled with no clear reason at all.

Stages of Sleep

Stage 1 – This is the transition period from wakefulness to sleep. The brain emits high amplitude theta waves. These are slow waves to relax the body. It lasts for 5 to 10 minutes. However, if you are awakened during this stage, you are not really asleep.

Stage 2 – This second stage lasts for about 20 minutes. Here, the mind starts to produce rhythmic brain waves called sleep spindles. The temperature of the body begins to decrease* and the heart rate starts to slow down.

Stage 3 – Delta waves are being produced by the brain. This is the transition from light to very deep sleep.

Stage 4 – This is the portion where the person goes to deep sleep. It lasts for about 30 minutes. Sometimes, sleepwalking and bed-wetting occur during this stage.

Stage 5 – Dreams come at this stage. This is the rapid eye movement. Here, the sleeper experience eye movements. The respiration rate and brain activity are increased at this stage.

For interrupted stages of sleep, you need a sleep aid that will help you reach all the stages. There are medicines that support a good night’s sleep, the finest of which is Somulin™.

Somulin™ : You Partner for a Good Night’s Sleep

Somulin™ is a natural sleep aid with potent formula that is proven to soothe and relax the body. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about side effects because most of its ingredients are natural.

Here are some of the efficient elements in Somulin™ that can help to sustain the 5 stages of sleep:

1. Lemon Balm – This is an herb which is known to have a mild sedative. This helps to encourage the feeling of calmness and it gives tranquility to the body.

2. Lavender – The lavender has a soothing power and is used by so many experts for centuries. This is also known to reduce* anxiety and relieve stress.

3. Passion Flower – Like the others, it gives a soothing effect in the body.

4. German Chamomile – This is a very well known sleep aid. It calms the nervous system and also the digestive system. This special ingredient helps the users get from wakefulness to sleep faster.

5. Skullcap – This is from the mint family. It is a gentle tranquilizer that helps a person go to a tender sleep.

Other natural ingredients which are considered as sleep aid are melatonin, valerian root, and hops.

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Expert Author : Kelly Everson (Consumer Health Digest)

Kelly Everson is an independent editor, an award-winning writer and an editorial consultant in the health and fitness industries. Currently, she is a contributing editor at Consumer Health Digest.