Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

dream state of sleep. This is where dreaming typically occurs. Non-REM sleep is commonly known as deep sleep or slow-wave sleep. Non-REM and REM sleep occur in a regular pattern of 3-5 cycles each night.

The amount of each type of sleep or total sleep we get determines our ability to function when we’re awake. It also depends on whether we’re sleeping when our body is prepared and ready to sleep.

We each have an internal clock that controls when we’re awake and when our body is ready for sleep. This clock, called the circadian rhythm, is a 24-hour repeating rhythm that affects every cell, tissue, and organ in our body.

If we’re not getting quality sleep, fatigue becomes a major issue. This could interfere with driving, work, school, issues with learning, focusing and moodiness. Studies show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. One may have trouble being decisive, solving problems, controlling emotions, and coping with change. It has also been linked to depression and suicide.

Getting adequate sleep also helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones, ghrelin (the hungry hormone) or

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