When we’re sleeping, there’s a lot happening. It’s not just a time for us to rest and rejuvenate for the next day. In fact, once we fall asleep, our brain continues to be more active, our mind is circulating through a number of sleep cycles and crucial physiological processes are occuring. It’s worth understanding the stages of sleep to better recognize the deeper role it plays in our health and wellbeing.
As we spend at least a third of our lives sleeping, we should pay as much attention to this facet of our humanity as we would in our career and relationships. And just like work, relationships and our families, sleep is complex and multi-dimensional. Continue reading to learn more about your different sleep stages and cycles.