Sleep Cycles


Lately I’ve been so exhausted, it’s crazy. However, I found a simple solution to waking up refreshed and energetic every time: the REM cycle concept.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night? Just kind of acknowledged the fact that you’re awake and it’s not yet time to get up, and then went straight back to sleep? Chances are, it wasn’t any noise that woke you up- you simply finished one of your REM cycles. Sometimes what happens to me is if I wake up during the night, hang out for a little bit and try to go back to bed, I’ll feel too awake to fall asleep right away. This means that the key to feeling super awake and energetic in the morning is waking up at the end of any REM cycle.That way, no matter how many hours you have slept (or haven’t slept!), you will not interrupt your sleep in the middle of the cycle and force yourself out of bed.


Another cool thing I learned the other day is that the earlier you go to bed, the more valuable those early hours of sleep are. For example, Napoleon only slept for 5 hours each night, and for a grown man and a crazy awesome leader that’s obviously not enough. The solution to this problem is that the sleep you get from about 9 pm to 10 pm is equivalent to 3 or even 4 hours of sleep at 5 am. So, as the night continues, the value of those hours will drop down. In the end, the time you sleep from 5 am to 6 am will equal to 30 minutes. Maybe that’s why it’s not such a good idea to pull all-nighters before tests!

In addition to that, my boyfriend showed me this wonderful website (first thing Google gives you) called Sleepy Time, which can tell you exactly when to fall asleep (make sure to give yourself 10-15 minutes) if you need to wake up at a certain time.It also works the other way around- if you fall asleep now, when is it “safe” to get up? There is probably a million apps that can do the job as well.

Here is a list of apps that work the same way as Sleepy Time:

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (Apple)

Sleep Bot- Sleep Cycle Alarm (Android)

Sleepy Time (Windows)