Refreshing sleep is one thing just about everyone wishes they had. Whether you get a full eight hours or a little less, we all sometimes wish we woke up a little more refreshed and ready to take on the day.
It’s no mystery that sleep is vital for our well-being. In fact, sleep is critical to our cognitive performance and long-term mental and physical health. So what’s the key to great, refreshing sleep? Waking up naturally after a sustained period of REM sleep. While sleeping, the brain cycles through four stages, concluding with REM, or ‘rapid eye movement,’ sleep. More time is spent in REM sleep before natural awakening.
People who wake up naturally after REM report feeling refreshed and performed better on tasks such as anagrams and creative problem solving.