The Sleep Cycle Analyzing this cycle allowed me to understand why some people require less sleep than others and why quality of sleep is more important than the length of time sleeping.
If you look closely at the overview of the sleep cycle you can see the 5 complete cycles. Each takes about 90 minutes. This is a standard break down overview of 8 hours of sleep.
My Overview of Cycle of Sleep
Sleep Cycle & the Breakdowns
Each cycle lasts about 90 minutes.
With 5 stages you get 450 minutes or 7.5 hours.
“ I apologize to theUniversity site I found this on as I lost the link”
This is where my studies started making basic sense. A closer look at the cycles you find that you only reach; Level 4 (Deep Sleep) twice, Level 3 once, Level 2 twice Level 1 five times
Questions to understand the sleepcycles and stages. If level 4 is the healing state, why twice? Why are REM cycles different lengths? Why are there 5 REM stages? What are all the levels for?
The first REM cycle is very short and the second is longer, the 3rd is very long with the rest shorter.
My explanation of the sleeplevels:
Level 1 is just before the first REM stage. REM is important for our Mental, Psychological renewal and survival. It is closest to wake because it allows our bodies to wake in case of danger. REM constantly asks is the body in danger and if danger is sensed, it wakes you with a clear mind allowing you to react to the danger. REM is a control central for the brain signals during sleep. It forms and sends the questions, controls the chemicals required to go through the other stages while recording the feedback from the body parts. It defrags the electrical inputs sorting and filing everything. REM plays a very important roll in our sleep and is where dreams take place. The first REM state is where the brain starts to send signals to release chemicals to relax the body, sends questions to all body parts and starts to sort out the day’s inputs.
Questions like: “Is the body relaxing, is communication open, am I producing the required sleep chemicals or do I need more.
It forms and sends report requests to all body parts and readies files to receive replies.”
No research has shown what levels 2 and 3 are for but my explanation is that Level 2 is a second transitional stage allowing the brain to set and check the chemical levels, while checking for minor problems that may affect the transition to healing mode.
Level 3 is another stage where the muscles could be checked before getting to level 4. During this stage the body muscles do not move. The brain could be checking the muscles and any movement would not allow correct readings. Any aches and pains in muscle area requiring special attention, like building more muscle and healing others.
Research has found that Level 4 is for the Physical and Biological renewal at Cell Level. The first Level 4 is our most important level because the brain is recording help needed by our body organs. Getting to this first deep sleep level is the biggest problem as it may take as long as 40 minutes to get to level 4. It is important to be comfortable and motionless during this period, because any interruption will cause you to start over. This could explain why we develop sleep problems. Many never get to level 4 until near early morning. Then the brain in trying to complete its purpose sends sleep inducing chemicals making us sleep.
It is not uncommon for some people to experience 20-30 rollovers a night. A quick study shows 30 roll-overs = one every 16 minutes 20 roll-overs = one every 24 minutes 10 roll-overs = one every 48 minutes 5 roll-overs = one every 96 minutes
Sleep interruptions during stages 2 and 3 requires starting the cycle over. If you are constantly rolling over (tossing, turning and punching your pillow) interrupting your sleep cycle, how can you possibly get a good night’s sleep?
Understanding started: How I came to this understanding started with research proving the body heals itself at the cellular level in level 4. Then I asked questions and developed common sense answers.
? When the brain reaches level 4 (Deep Sleep) the first time, what would it do? Assuming the brain wants to heal all body parts; it wouldhave to check where help is needed. You can’t fix something if you don’t know it is broken! Using computer basics as an example: When we want to clean up or defrag our computer machines (brain is controller of our body machine), the computer first scans all parts, sends report back to central control, then it asks do "you want to clean up the mess?" (It does this in a short time frame.) Click “Yes”. Now the computer takes over and clears up any problems, sorts all information, files opened and stored in best places. This is a lot longer process.
Let us assume that the brain on its way to the first deep sleep level is scanning the body for where help is needed. Different signals for different levels reach different organs and cells. This understanding comes from understanding frequencies; which can run both ways on a carrier wave (TV electronics).
Sleep researchers tend to stop when they have a waveform showing the stage of the sleep cycle and lack the understanding that other waveforms are running on the main waveform asking every organ and cell a simple question; report your condition. The brain only spends so long asking each organ to reply and any not replying in that time frame do not receive the help or healing required. Anything stopping the question or reply’s can affect your health if stopped often enough.
Remember: Since all communication goes through the cervical cortex(Neck) to all organs and cells of our bodies, the brain needs unrestricted energy flow and time to receive answers. Any interruption during the first stages level 2, 3 and 4 can result in no help being sent to the area requiring help. Research has proven that each organ has a different frequency. Signals return to the control center; REM. Second stage.
REMstate; Central Control Information returns to the REM state where it can save, open help files and prepare to send help as needed while allowing the body to be in an alert state in case of danger. This alert stage was and is necessary for human survival even today. (Evolution) When the second REM state has prepared the return information it sends the body back to the deep sleep level again and sends help. Second level 4!
Returning to the 3rd REM state to file and record all help sent and received by all body parts while again opening help files for level 3 still allowing the body to be in an alert state in case of danger. This explains the longer 3rd REM cycle.
Again after sending help to level 3 it returns to REM where it monitors help received, opens more files while returning every few minutes to keep the body in an alert state in case of danger.
Note: If a person is a heavy sleeper and does not hear anything, it means they are not reaching the deep sleep level and can’t get into the 2nd REM state. They are stuck in levels 2 or 3 and seldom dream. They also are not alert to dangers like fire, gas, burglars or others asking for help.
REM: control central and the closest state to awake. During the REM state you can hear outside sources and respond instantly if needed. This alertness is responsible for human survival. Once you are in level 3 or 4 outside disturbances affect you slightly and if woken during levels 3 or 4, you wake groggy, are slow to act or react to a problem so REM is necessary often.
Dreams: During REM the brain is opening, sorting, and closing files and in doing so, it being electrical in nature, it must be flashing electrons at a tremendous speed but our sensors are capable of recording or seeing the flashes. These flashes will wake you as I personally experienced while writing this book. These flashes being electrical cause the muscles in the eye lid to move, thus we get the REM named after this Rapid Eye Movement.
How would the brain stop us from seeing this activity?
The screen saver or a blank screen on a computer is the best example I can think of to hide the actions of the brain. What screen saver would we see? Could that be our Dream State? This makes basic sense, as some people have never dreamed until after receiving a good deep sleep. They finally went through the deep sleep cycles and dreamt.
Can getting up in the night affect the sleepcycle? The answer has to be in the REM cycle; the closest to the wake state. Think about mankind in its developing stage when we had to sleep for short periods because predators were hunting us.
The brain, after it does its work in the first level 4, won’t care if you get up walk around or dream while it prepares or puts away the files. Now when you go back to sleep, the brain just picks up where it left off, just like a computer left on, will wake up in the same place you left it.
Important point: If the brain records you need help in the first 4th stage and you don’t get to the 2nd 4th stage the brain will try constantly to get you to sleep so it can do its work. This could explain why we feel like we need sleep after waking and going to work. A short sleep or nap can allow the brain this required time and stop it releasing sleep chemicals. Many people only reach the 1st deep sleep in the early morning thus require the above short sleep.
This analysis of the sleep cycle gave me insight into several things; 1. The first level 4 is the most important as once the brain has recorded the help required then it will find the time to heal our body.
2. Not all people require 7.5 – 8 hours sleep. Many go to level 4 within several minutes and many complete their cycle in 3-5 hours.
3. It does not harm the body to wake during the REM cycle. You can easily return to sleep as needed.
4. The brain heals our organs in the second level 4.
5. Our mind defrags in REM state.
6. REM is a central control for our brain.
The body does not heal instantly but over time going through the cycles, the brain will heal the body of natural occurring diseases.
SleepStages; Wave patterns. Wave patterns that indicate each stage of sleep are only Carrier Waves! This understanding came fromTV signals going both ways and is the reason we can have pay per view TV. Understanding that the wave patterns we see for each stage are only carrier waves carrying smaller signal waves in both directions so the brain can send and receive answers, can open doors to deeper research into the healing affects of sleep.
Now that science has proved that without sleep we die; we can understand the value of good sleep. Like clean air, clean water and good food we find that good sleep is another of the basics of life.
Air, Water, Food and Sleep are the corner posts of life. Can you sleep on a 3-legged bed?