Understanding The Stages
There are three key stages, and each one plays its part — from restoring our mind and body, to helping us process memory, emotion and information. When we spend enough time in each stage, we wake up feeling fresh and energized, ready to take on the day ahead.
Keep it Light
Light sleep is the first, and most common stage of sleep. Our bodies relax, our muscles start to loosen up, our breathing expands, and we slow down after a day on the move.
Deep sleep is for restoring and recharging. Everything slows down so our body and immune system can focus and rest, sending that sleepy feeling packing until the next night.
- Immune System
REM sleep is where it gets exciting. While our minds run wild with dreams, we process and store information, making this stage critical for learning and memory. Our brains keep it moving in REM, balancing a dreamy state with the serious job of soaking up information we’ve been exposed to through the day. These two things happen at the same time — reminding us how powerful the mind really is.
Go With the Flow
All of these stages repeat a few times each night, making up a series of cycles that our body goes through before waking up. Each stage, and each cycle, supports an important physical or mental function. All these stages and cycles working together through the night are the key to maintaining a healthy body and mind.