Get optimal sleep

Optimize your cyrcadian rhythm.

It is commonly thought that the body and brain shut down for a few hours each night to rest in preparation for the next day. However, neither the body nor the brain shut down when we sleep. They are actually frequently working even harder than they do during the day, undergoing processes to restore cells, process information, and improve health. The body follows a natural 24 hour rhythm of waking hours and sleep called the circadian rhythm. This rhythm is determined by the hours of light and genetics that control hormone release in the body.

Read More Sleep has two main stages REM and non-REM. The REM phase is a period of vigorous brain activity, which may be responsible for consolidating information and processing memories, which is why babies (whose entire days are full of new experiences the brain needs to process) spend twice as much time in REM sleep than adults do. The non-REM phase makes up the majority of time spent asleep, during which, the body works to gently lower the heart rate, temperature, and breathing rate. Among many other functions sleep can promote recovery and cell rejuvenation, produce additional cytokines, which help your immune system fight off infection and facilitate learning and memory. In a 22 year study following 21,268 twins, there was a significantly higher mortality rate in those that underslept < 7 hours or overslept >9 hours. (7)