THE 888 FORMULA - REST
The human body needs sleep for a variety of different reasons ranging from cell regeneration to allowing your mind to process and recalibrate the activities of the day.
When we sleep our bodies go through 4-6 sleeps cycles per night depending on how much sleep we need/how much sleep we get. A sleep cycle is divided into 4-phase
This part of the formula also looks at cutting edge research into activities like micro breaks/mindfulness & meditation as forms of restorative rest.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP
1. During sleep our bodies rest, restore and rejuvenate, muscles grow, tissue repair, and hormones synthesize.
2. During sleep we solidify and consolidate memories from the day; information & experiences are transferred from more tentative, short-term memory to stronger, long-term memory. This process is called consolidation.
3. Cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, produced and released during sleep.
4. The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life (mental & physical health).
5. Restorative sleep enables you to work, learn, create, and communicate at your full potential.
6. Making time to get the sleep you need each night means your energy, efficiency, and overall health and productivity will increase.
7. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort (ROI).
8. Sleep is the rest, reset & regulation our bodies need to keep us alive!
When we sleep our bodies go through 4-6 sleeps cycles per night depending on how much sleep we need/how much sleep we get. A sleep cycle is divided into 4-phase. When we first fall asleep we go into non-rapid eye movement sleep phase 1 (NREM), at this stage we are still in light sleep and can be roused, there are 3 more phases like this.
At NREM 3 this is when we are in the deepest phase of the cycle, and if you were to to wake someone from this stage of sleep they would be disorientated and groggy. The final stage of the cycle is know as rapid eye movement sleep (REM), the stage at which people tend to dream.
A whole cycle lasts around 90 minutes and at each stage the body is working on repairing and restoring a different part of itself.
See the diagram below for an illustration of what happens while you sleep.
THE POWER OF NAPPING
Contrary to popular belief people who take naps are not lazy, they are energy maximisers!
According to a study carried out by the School of Psychology, at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
Having a 10-minute nap produced the most benefit in terms of reduced sleepiness and improved cognitive performance, but don't nap for longer than 20 minutes as the effectiveness diminishes and longer than 30 minutes can lead to grogginess and disorientation.
Use the calculator below to work out what time you need to go to bed in order to wake up refreshed. It is important to remember it is a guide, the amount of time you are asleep does not always dictate the quality of your sleep.
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