use a SLEEP Calculator to help you wake up feeling more rested
Sleep is an essential function of the body. It is just as important as nutrition and exercise when it comes to improving your health, performance and body composition. Sleep helps us look, feel and perform better and is an essential component to our quality of life. It's often an area which is overlooked. When in balance sleep can have an extremely positive benefit to overall good health.
I encourage my clients to look at their sleep quality and quantity early on in their coaching sessions as it plays an important foundation to overall good health and wellbeing.
Whilst you are asleep many vital activities take place in the body. These activities help contribute to a healthy immune system. And can also help regulate levels of hormones which play a role in our feelings of hunger and fullness and stress.
Good sleep helps our bodies and minds recover, helps to keep us lean, happy, mentally focused and healthy. Conversely bad sleep messes up our hormones, makes us age faster, increases the risk of chronic illness, adds body fat and drains our IQ and mojo.
In this post, we look at how using a Sleep Calculator can help us wake up feeling more regenerated in the mornings.
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” ~ Thomas Dekker
How to use sleep cycles to WAKE up at the right time
When we sleep, we sleep in sleep cycles of approximately 90 minutes. Each 90 minutes consists of 5 stages. There are two stages of light sleep, two of deep sleep and finally REM sleep (rapid eye movement), this is where your dreams happen.
The average sleep cycle is about 90 minutes long and an average person needs 5-6 cycles of sleep to feel fully regenerated on waking.
TIP: by adjusting the time you wake up time to coincide with your sleep cycle it's possible to wake up feeling more energized in the morning.
For added benefit consider swopping your alarm for music to help reduce sleep inertia, that half awake, half asleep feeling that so many people have in the mornings.