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Hi There ~

I can’t say I personally have any serious sleeping issues, but I know a lot of people that do, and this post is catered to you fine folks. However, I think anyone could benefit from it at least a little bit.

With the increasing popularity of fitbits, sleeping apps and other fancy watch-things, most of the general public is now becoming aware that sleep is a multi-faceted thing. In case you are not aware, when you sleep, your body cycles through five stages over roughly ninety-minute periods:

  • Stage one: Light sleep. Sleep so light you may wake up from it and not even realize you were sleeping.
  • Stage two: Marked by sleep-specific brain waves that last only a few seconds at a time. You realize you were sleeping if woken up.
  • Stage three: Deep sleep that involves long, rhythmic bursts called delta waves.
  • Stage four: Deep sleep, called “slow-wave sleep,” where your brain is the farthest away it will ever travel from conscious thought. When woken during this stage, disorientation and “sleep drunkenness” are experienced.
  • Stage five: REM {rapid eye movement} stage where the brain is as active as it is when awake and where most dreams occur. Hormones are sent out to the body to paralyze itself so arms and legs don’t act out stories in dreams.

Kind of freaky, no? I think so. But when I say freaky, I mean it in a cool way.

Sleep is serious business, and if you’re having severe sleeping problems, it is not something to take lightly. Here are some things you should try and do if you want to successfully catch those zzz’s:

  • Dim lights in your home half an hour before bed
  • Only use your bedroom for sleep and intimacy
  • Keep the TV and computer out of your bedroom
  • Don’t eat fast food {well, don’t do this ever}
  • Lose weight
  • Eat breakfast near a window with natural light in the morning to restart your circadian rhythm
  • Weight train
  • Do yoga
  • Try acupuncture
  • Get a massage
  • Stay on a schedule
  • Work on daily deep breathing exercises, “belly breathing”
  • Look at pictures of sleeping people before bed
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to sleep
  • Write thoughts down in a notebook (don’t ever make mental “to-do” lists before bed)

That’s all I have on the subject right now. I have to go and carpe some diem – so much for Sunday being the day of rest – rock on my dears!

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About azuremarie

Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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