Here’s Exactly When To Go To Sleep If You Want To Wake Up Refreshed
Long Story Short
Research into sleep patterns has ironed out the ideal times to fall asleep depending when you want to wake up. It’s certainly better if you figure out your REM sleep on your own, but this is a quick and easy trick to start your day feeling refreshed.
Planning on hitting the hay early because you’ve got an early wake-up? Don’t bother — you’ll probably feel like junk unless you start paying attention to your rapid eye-movement (REM) sleep cycles.
What’s a REM cycle? It’s your body’s natural sleep rhythm and it generally goes in 90-minute cycles for most people.
If you wake up at the end of a REM cycle, studies have shown that you wake up feeling like a million bucks. But if you wake up in the middle of one, because of your alarm, you’re likely to start your day off feeling like crap.
Many people have used sleep trackers as a way to find out the exact length of their REM cycle — and that’s a terrific idea if you’re up for it. But for those of us looking for a quick fix, a clever blinds company called web-blinds has invented an easy-to-use calculator to figure out when you should go to sleep if you want to wake up feeling refreshed, Mirror UK reports.
So let’s say you want to wake up at 7 a.m. Go to sleep at 9:46 p.m. 11:16 p.m. To early for you? Go to bed at exactly 12:46 or and 2:16 in the morning and you should be good.
The sleep calculator, available here, works with any hour you plan to wake up. For instance, if you’re getting up at 8 a.m. try and go to sleep at 10:16, 11:46, 1:16 or 2:46 in the morning.
As I said, this shouldn’t be a perfect system — you’d have a better chance of that with a sleep tracker. But, it’s a great start. And who knows, with all those extra night hours you could learn a new language or how to code. Or just binge-watch more Netflix shows, up to you.
Own The Conversation
Ask The Big Question
If you go to sleep at the latest hour, will it eventually catch up with you or will you feel the same as those sleeping at the earliest time?
Drop This Fact
It takes 14 minutes for most people to fall asleep.
via AskMen http://www.askmen.com
July 17, 2017 at 09:17PM