Updated: Feb 9
Fatigue is something that plagues many of us, and can be the difference between an enjoyable day and one that drags on and seems to never end. So, why do you wake up feeling fatigued in the morning?...
When you are sleeping, your body moves through three different stages of sleep: light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep - all are important for proper recovery.
Light sleep is exactly as it sounds, it is the sleep stage when you begin to fall asleep, and is the easiest to wake up in. Although light sleep is an important part of your sleep cycle, it is not enough for your body to fully repair and recover from the following day.
Deep sleep is when you really start to repair and recover from the previous day's activities and stressors. During this stage of sleep, your body is mostly motionless and it is very hard to wake up. Deep sleep is the most restorative and rejuvenating sleep stage when your organs detox, muscles repair and grow and the immune system is refreshed. Without appropriate amounts of deep sleep, you will wake up fatigued and under recovered the following morning.
REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is often associated with dreams, memory consolidation and creativity. The REM cycle plays a vital role in re-energizing your body and mind. During this sleep stage, your eyes will move rapidly, dreams will be abundant and bodily twitching or moving about in bed is common. Without REM sleep, energy and creativity will suffer.
Waking up fatigued can be a sign that you are spending too much time in light sleep and not getting appropriate amounts of deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep during the night.
How can you improve this?
By sticking to a regular sleep schedule, getting sunshine first thing in the morning, avoiding caffeine 10-12 hours before bed and blocking blue light using DeepSleep blue light blocking glasses 2-3 hours before bed, you can increase your deep and REM sleep cycles and wake up with less fatigue and more energy for a more productive and enjoyable day.