Do you ever wake up in the morning after what you thought was a good nights sleep, only to feel as listless as you did before your snooze? How come despite getting close to, or more than a full 8 hours, you still don’t wake up full of energy?
Well, Jeziel may just have an answer for you. He discovered some new research which sheds some light on the topic. It turns out that sleep is more important than closing your eyes and counting sheep. It’s all about making sure you take advantages of sleep cycles.
The average sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes, and in those 90 minutes you go through 5 stages of sleep. Each stage is deeper than the last, and waking up in one of the deeper stages can lead to grogginess.
So the trick is to time your sleep so that you wake up at the beginning of a cycle, in the shallowest stage. So, with that in mind, here’s when you should fall asleep based on when you want to wake up:
6am: 8:46pm, 10:16pm, 11:46pm, 1:16am
7am: 9:46pm, 11:16pm, 12:46am, 2:16am
8am: 10:46pm, 12:16pm, 1:46, 3:16
Surprisingly enough, it’s not all about getting as much sleep as possible. The Sleep Calculator website says: “Getting a good night’s sleep is about more than simply going to bed early — it’s about waking up at the right time too.”