A Snooze Fest. The Fun Kind.
It is that time of year again – World Sleep Day. Today we celebrate the importance of sleep and the benefits it has on our health. And in honor of that, we say: get your sleep on! Enjoy a few extra minutes snuggled up beneath your covers and feel that sleepy goodness work its magic.
The Three Rs.
Sleep is vital for your health and well-being. It recharges, revitalizes and repairs your body and mind. It also occurs in a cycle of 4 different phases(read all about it here). These phases further fall into 2 main categories:light and deep sleep. Each one has different benefits to your mind and body.
Leaf measures your time spent in light and deep sleep. By simply clipping it on at night, it detects where you are in the sleep cycle. In the morning, you sync and presto – a simple snapshot of the previous night. But what does it all mean exactly?
Stages 1 and 2 of the sleep cycle are considered to be Light Sleep. As adults, we spend most of our time in light sleep (about 60-70%) and this time is mainly about the brain and when the exciting mental fireworks happen. Our synapses fire electrical bursts and stimulate our brains to improve the neural communication throughout our body.
This is also when dreams occur and a bit of a mental ‘spring clean’. It is said that our mind organizes thoughts and stores short term memory into long term memory during light sleep. Some cell repair happens during this time, but most of this is left for later when you are in deep sleep.
Stages 3-4 of sleep fall into what we call deep sleep. Deep sleep is the hardest to wake up from and that’s because our body is hard at work making all the good stuff happen. Think of it like a “Do not Disturb” your mind has placed on your body.
According to Clinical Psychologist John Cline, during deep sleep your body releases growth hormones that help your cells repair themselves. Your kidneys start to filter out toxins, your muscle tissues start to heal, and all the internal magic goes into action. Interestingly, we only spend about 20% of our sleep time in deep sleep but based on an average of 6-8 hours it is all our body actually needs.
A Nice Cup of Mindfulness
It’s no secret now why we love World Sleep Day. Sleep is awesome and we can’t get enough of it, especially on Monday mornings. But sometimes it is easier said than done. If you are having trouble sleeping we recommend trying Leaf’s Deep Sleep meditation found within the Leaf app or on the Bellabeat Dashboard. 9 minutes well spent.
How to celebrate World Sleep Day today?
5 more minutes
Today it is perfectly acceptable to hit that snooze button and keep that dream alive! Treat yourself to some extra minutes of sleep.
We know that St.Patrick’s Day and World Sleep Day don’t really go that well together, but if you’re planning to party all dressed up in green today, that’s an extra reason why you should take an afternoon nap and recharge your batteries.
Relax your mind
Relaxing your mind before bed time is crucial for a good night’s sleep. Treat yourself with a nice warm bath to relax your muscles and listen to one of the meditation exercises in your Leaf app to relax your mind.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you tried our meditation exercise for Deep sleep? We would like to hear from you so feel free to tell us your experiences in the comments below.