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Sleep is vital and allows our brains to shut down and regroup each day. Those who don’t get enough sleep will feel the effects. Keep reading to learn how you can get the rest your body needs to succeed at recovery.
Between dreaming and waking, there are several stages that your body goes through. The two most fundamental stages of sleep are REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and non-REM sleep.
During non-REM sleep, there are three small stages that your brain will process through before it gets to REM sleep. In Stage 1 of non-REM sleep, your body will switch from awake to asleep. This lasts for several minutes and allows your body to slow down and cool. Your brain waves also slow slightly. In Stage 2 of non-REM sleep, your heart and breathing will slow as your muscles relax deeply. Your brain waves slow but still flash with electrical activity. You spend the most sleep time in Stage 2. In Stage 3 of non-REM sleep, you are sleeping at your deepest, and it may be very difficult to wake you. Your heartbeat, breathing, and brain waves are at their slowest as well.
In REM sleep, the brain picks back up, as does your heartbeat and blood pressure to near-awake levels. Your body becomes temporarily paralyzed as dreams play out in your head — this is to stop you from acting your dreams. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, scientists believe that memory consolidation occurs between REM and Stage 3 non-REM sleep.
When it comes to sleep, 13 may be a lucky number. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests these 13 tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
Getting a good night of sleep is especially important if you often work odd hours or change your schedule. To perform your best and maximize your brainpower, doctors recommend 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep time every day. If this is not possible, try using some of the strategies above to get higher-quality sleep and maintain healthy habits. If you’re having trouble managing your sleep schedule or you don’t like to sleep due to nightmares or overthinking, you may need to consult a doctor or therapist. If you feel like your struggles with addiction or recovery affect your sleep, RECO Intensive is here to help. At RECO Intensive, we understand how important sleep is to overall health and decision-making, especially in recovery. Our professional staff and experienced alumni will create a customized plan for your recovery and help you try to get that sleep you need. Call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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