Did You Sleep Well Last Night?

Is there something that does not let you sleep peacefully at night? This surely does not refer to the loud music or your cranky baby who cries the whole night.



Many people suffer from sleep problems due to their stressful lifestyle. Too much work pressure, illness that interferes with daily life, physical discomfort, financial problems etc. can interfere with quality of sleep. It’s natural to suffer from disturbed sleep pattern during stressful events. However, this should not become a regular occurrence in your routine.

So, how do you know if you have had a satisfactory sleep? For this, you may first want to understand the basic mechanism of sleep. We usually pass through a typical alternate pattern of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. As the name suggests, during REM sleep your eyes move quickly in different directions which does not happen when you enter the NREM phase. The mental activity that takes place during NREM sleep is believed to be thought-like, whereas REM sleep is hallucinatory in nature. During the REM stage our body gets relaxed and muscles are paralyzed making the body immobile.

Scientists suggest that if we wake up during the REM stage we may describe bizarre and illogical tales (dreams) that has no connection to real life. When you fall asleep you first enter the non-REM sleep, followed by a shorter period of REM sleep, and then the cycle starts over again. Our body needs both kinds of sleep to be fully rested.So when you complain of not getting satisfactory sleep you may be getting stuck at the NREM stage and do not enter the REM sleep when body gets relaxed.

According to some experts if you feel drowsy during the day, you haven’t had enough sleep at night. Very brief episodes of sleep known as ‘microsleep’ in an otherwise awake person is another mark of sleep deprivation.

So, if you feel you have not been getting enough sleep what measures are you planning to snatch back that good night’s sleep in your routine?