Rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep, REMS) is a distinctive stage of sleep in mammals and birds, determined by random/rapid movement of the eyes, associated with low muscle tone all over the body, and the tendency of the sleeper to dream vividly. The amount of REM sleep depends on age and other factors. Infants spend 50% of time on REM sleep and adults about 20%. Studies have found that people who spend more time in the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep are less likely to have fear related brain activity. It improves your memory recall and your overall mental abilities.
This is how you get more REM:
- Maintaining regular sleep schedule is very important to get good REM. Even on weekdays or week offs, sleep schedule must be systematic. On an average one must have a sound sleep of 7 to 9 hrs. Any disturbances and irregularities in sleep will have a negative effect which could lead to less sleep or less REM sleep.
- All the electronic devices must be turned off before going to sleep like televisions, smartphones etc. These devices emit light which can stimulate the brain degrading the production of melatonin, a hormone which encourages REM sleep and involve with body’s internal clock.
- Bedroom must be kept dark, cool and quiet while sleeping. Cover all the electronic appliances so that the light does not glow in the dark. A sleep mask can be used to cover eyes and creating a dark space.
- Alcohol must not be consumed before going to bed prior 4-6 hrs. caffeine in body which is consumed at 7pm will last for 6hrs i.e. 11 pm. Alcohol is also a barrier of sound sleep. You will be in the lighter stages of sleep, causing you to possibly wake up easily and have a harder time falling back asleep.
Go to bed early prior 30 min than usual. There are no REM stages in the morning. Try to extend your sleep 30 min is good to get REM.