Sleep is one of the most complicated things about humankind. Whether you suffer with insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep paralysis or simply struggle to get out of bed in the morning (we can all relate to the latter), everyone has their own individual relationship with slumber.
While some of the aforementioned sleeping disorders need more critical care and attention, one way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your snooze is to monitor your sleeping pattern.
It’s no secret that waking up to the sound of your alarm at 7am is hard – especially at this time of year when it’s cold and dark. But new research suggests that this ca be avoided if individuals are in tune with their sleep cycle. A study conducted by blinds.com, indicates that this is more important than getting more sleep when you’re tired because if you wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle rather than at the end, you might actually feel more tired even if you slept for longer.
According to the research, a sleep cycle last approximately 90 minutes and during that time you are meant to move through five stages of sleep. Four of those stages are known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM), while the final one is rapid eye movement (REM). So, you start off in the first stage with a light sleep before falling into a deeper and deeper snooze as you move through the three other stages.
Stage five is REM which is when you supposedly dream, meaning the stage before this, stage four, is when you’re in your deepest sleep. So, if you wake up during this period it is likely that you will feel dazed and grumpy.
With this in mind, anyone who needs to wake up at 7am for work should either go to bed at 9.46pm or 11.16pm in order to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. Alternatively, 12.46am or 2.16am are also a good time, according to the research.