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What are sleep stages?

What are sleep stages?

See below: Characteristics of normal sleep, referred to as sleep arhcitechture, comprises two distinct states : nrem (3 divisions) and rem. Adequate levels of each are needed to maintain alertness, heal the body and assist with memory and learning. Also, many physiologic and neurochemical activities occur during the various stages of sleep. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Sleep Stages (Definition)

A sleep stage is one of the five stages of sleep, which differ from one another by the brain's activity. Four of the stages are called non-REM sleep, and the other is REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. REM sleep is when we dream. Non-REM sleep is stages 1 to 4, representing ...Read more


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How to correct the sleep cycle?

How to correct the sleep cycle?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. Sometimes med ...Read more

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What are the different sleep stages?

What are the different sleep stages?

Sleep stages: The sleep stages are 1, 2, 3 and rem or more commonly called dream sleep. Sleep becomes deeper as you progress from 1 to 3. You can dream in any stage. As sleep gets deeper arousal from sleeping is more difficult. The distribution of stages changes over ones lifetime. ...Read more

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How do I get my sleep cycle correct?

How do I get my sleep cycle correct?

Use good sleep: Hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Why is light so important for our sleep cycle?

Why is light so important for our sleep cycle?

Circadian rhythm: Our circadian rhythm works on Light and darkness, as well as, all hormones in our body also release on light and dark cycles, so our body can function better. ...Read more

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Fixing sleep cycle in 2-3 days, is this possible?

Sleep Cycle: Sleep cycle is determined by your circadian rhythm and homoestatic drive and genetic factors, unless its stress related and you need some as needed meds this can help you sleep faster. ...Read more

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Can you please explain how I can control my sleep cycle?

Sleep: Sleep is driven by circadian and homeostatic drives. Identify your daily pattern by maintaining a sleep diary for 2 weeks or so, read about sleep hygiene, you can google sleep diary and sleep hygiene etc
sometimes melatonin and light therapy are used if you have delayed sleep phase or advanced sleep phase syndrome. ...Read more

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Does the sleep cycle iphone app (or anything similar) work well?

Does the sleep cycle iphone app (or anything similar) work well?

Sleep cycle App: My experience and the review ratings given by numerous users on iphone app of sleep cycle alarm clock have been excellent. It is very inexpensive. Try it yourself. ...Read more

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How often does someone wake up in a normal sleep cycle? Even if they are not fully aware at the time?

How often does someone wake up in a normal sleep cycle? Even if they are not fully aware at the time?

Sleep cycle duration: We oscillate in cycles throughout the night between a light sleep and very deep sleep and through the dream states referred to as REM sleep about once every 90 minutes on the first time through and about 2 hrs. Thereafter for another 2-4 cycles until we awaken again in the morning to the next day. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would the sleep cycle be of a person that went to sleep at 1 am and woke up at 9 am?

I was wondering what would the sleep cycle be of a person that went to sleep at 1 am and woke up at 9 am?

Sleep cycle: If it's consistently these times then the cycle will be essentially normal with small variations., ie similar to someone who sleeps from 9pm to 5am. You will still get 4-5 rem periods. ...Read more

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Can eegs show the different sleep stages?

Can eegs show the different sleep stages?

Yes.: Yes, the stages of sleep are identified through eeg. Stages w (wakefulness), n1, n2, n3, and r (rem). You sleep study will be able to measure the time and % you spend in each of these states. Sleep patterns and architecture change for individuals throughout life. They are dynamic and distinct. ...Read more

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What is the best way to change an infant's sleep cycle?

What is the best way to change an infant's sleep cycle?

With a tired changer: Most infants sleep, eat, poop and pee because of their very basic needs and underdeveloped nervous system. They have to learn everything. They develope patterns just like adults. To change a pattern you have to do the same thing over and over for 21 days. When you want the baby to sleep don't respond to their requests so quickly let them lay. Wake them up at the time you want them up.. ...More. ...Read more

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I've an irregular sleep cycle due to my night shift work. How can I take care of my health?

I've an irregular sleep cycle due to my night shift work. How can I take care of my health?

If you can't: Change your irregular work schedule, make sure you exercise, avoid stimulants about 6 hours prior to sleep time and consider taking some sustained release melatonin 1 hour prior to sleep time. A massage now and then would be a relaxing treat if you can manage that also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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When is a good time in the day and for how long should I nap to not disturb my normal sleep cycle?

When is a good time in the day and for how long should I nap to not disturb my normal sleep cycle?

Try a power nap: There is some evidance that naps of 45 min to an hour will not mess with your regular sleep cycle. Set the alarm yourself and get up, even if you are still sleepy. Regardless, try to keep your biorhythm clock consistant by arising at the same time every day, even weekends. If tired you can go back down after 5-10 minutes, otherwise you may have difficulty getting back on schedule. ...Read more

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For the past few months,  i'm constantly waking up during an 8hr sleep cycle to turn or adjust. Why?

For the past few months,  i'm constantly waking up during an 8hr sleep cycle to turn or adjust. Why?

Depends: Can be many causes. The first, least expensive and safest thing is to get a get 15 min aerobic exercise of some type, every day for 2 weeks, see if improves. It is often nervous energy or mild muscle cramp. If it doesn't improve may want to get checked out. ...Read more

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How does melatonin regulate sleep cycle? Not for me! I've taken it nightly for months and now it dosent work when used alone.

Tolerance: No sleeping medication is designed to be used daily. You have developed tolerance to this product. It may be time to learn how to sleep naturally again. Your brain can learn how to sleep again. ...Read more

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How long does it take to reset your sleep clock and cycle? I've had bad sleep for 2 years now and my sleep cycle has been off everyday.

How long does it take to reset your sleep clock and cycle? I've had bad sleep for 2 years now and my sleep cycle has been off everyday.

Varies: Resetting a sleep cycle is difficult. I would recommend seeing a sleep specialist first to determine the your sleep problems are not health related- sleep apnea, stress, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more