Did you know that most people spend years and years meditating and never reach the deeper brainwave levels? Yet it is in these deeper brainwave states that many beneficial hormones are released and repair and rejuvenation can take place. How much you can maintain a healthy sleep cycle is vital to your health and here’s why…
A typical human goes through a series of sleep cycles every night. A cycle begins the moment you close your eyes as the brain almost immediately begins to increase its production of Alpha waves. As you relax and become more drowsy your Alpha waves increase and deepen, eventually becoming Theta.
Now, it’s at this crossover point into Theta that you actually drift off to sleep and release consciousness of the outside world. As with Alpha waves, the Theta waves deepen and increase.
At the lower levels of Theta is your REM sleep. The deeper Theta levels are where your body starts to release greater amounts of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for tissue repair and organs, such as the liver, begin purging themselves of accumulated toxins.
Gradually you drop down through Theta and enter Delta. Delta sleep is where you get your deepest, most recuperative rest and release even greater amounts of HGH.
If you’ve ever had one of those nights in which you seem to dream all the time, and when you wake up you’re still fatigued and don’t feel at all rested, then you know what it feels like to go without the necessary amounts of Delta level sleep.
Even though you were asleep, as evidenced by the fact that you were dreaming, you wake up and feel as tired or more so than before you went to bed.
Delta sleep is absolutely critical to the rejuvenation of both mind and body. Like the other levels, Delta gradually deepens down to around .5 to 1hz in frequency. You remain in Delta for a time and then begin the climb back up through the various brainwave levels in reverse order.
When you get back up to the Alpha level again this completes one sleep cycle.
This varies from individual to individual but a normal sleep cycle usually takes from 60 to 90 minutes to complete before it begins all over again.
However each sleep cycle is different in one very critical way…
The time you spend in the Delta wave level decreases with each successive cycle. Perhaps in your first cycle you spend 30 or 40 minutes in Delta out of a 90 minute cycle.
You may only spend 20 to 25 minutes in Delta during the next cycle and perhaps only 15 minutes on the following one. Each cycle remains the same length overall but your Delta time decreases.
This means your first two or three sleep cycles each night are probably the most critical.
Now, that’s not all. There is a connection here with your body’s internal clock as well as the actual time of day. Your body’s rhythms follow the rhythms of the sun.
If, for example, you regularly go to bed about 10pm, then your body gets in its first 3 sleep cycles between the hours of 10pm and about 2am. Most of your body’s healing and rejuvenation take place during this period.
Here’s what happens if you take one night and stay up until 1am before going to sleep.
Your body doesn’t simply rotate its internal clock forward 3 hours and begin your first sleep cycle at 1am. It skips the cycles it would have had during those first 3 hours and picks up with the shorter Delta cycles just as if you had been asleep during the first 3 hours.
Yes, that’s right. In a nutshell, you simply miss those earlier cycles and the restorative sleep they bring.
You can get away with this for a couple of days but try it for much longer than that and you begin to function less and less well during the day.
You now have control of your future health and happiness. You can produce endless happy endorphins and anti-ageing hormones by regular meditation with LifeFlow. And now that you are aware of how restorative a good nights sleep is can I ask you a question?… Do you have trouble calming down for the evening? Does your over-active mind keep you from getting off to sleep? If the answer(s) were yes, Project Meditation can help. We have a beautiful relaxation therapy track that is designed to calm your mind and body in preparation for deep, recuperative sleep. If you want to find out more about this simple 9 minute exercise that will have you drifting off to sleep before you know it click here now!