Sleep Stages – The real truth misconceptions and practicalities of sleep stages

Sleep Stages – The real truth misconceptions and practicalities of sleep stages

Are you interested in sleep stages? In this video we will look at some of those misconceptions, the real truth, and the practicalities of getting good quality sleep at night based on some of the sleep stages that you might have heard about. Hi there, my name is Beatrix Schmidt from As a sleep coach and speaker
I talk about insomnia, sleep-related problems a lot, either with individuals,
or for corporations who want to help their
employees improve their sleep. So this channel is all about
giving you practicalities on improving your sleep,
improving your energy levels so you can get that great night sleep that we all deserve and want
to achieve every single night. So hit the subscribe button below, and come back each week when
I share yet another video on these topics so that
you can improve your sleep. When it comes to sleep stages
across your night sleep, a lot of the times I
speak to professionals about those misconceptions
they might have read, or heard from articles on
the internet and so on. So let’s look at those
sleep stages in this video, and maybe clear up some
of those misconceptions that you might be concerned about, or perhaps even worried about
when it comes to your sleep. I would invite you to
not get too hung up on about the distribution of sleep stages that you get overnight, especially if you’re one of those people who use a sleep tracking
app, or some sort of a device that will sort of tell you what kind of sleep stages you go through across your entire night. And this is something that I see a lot when people develop sleep problems and they start to over
monitor their sleep, and over analyse distribution
of those sleep stages across their entire night’s sleep. The first thing I want to start with when it comes to sleep
stages is the real truth, and the fact is that currently you probably not able to control exactly the sequence of sleep
stages you go through, and in what proportion you go through them during your night sleep. And I think this is one of the things that I actually get asked quite often is how can you ensure and guarantee, that you’re getting enough REM sleep, you’re getting different sleep stages, so that this quality of the sleep that you experience
overnight is guaranteed? And I think a lot of the times these questions come from our drive to want to optimise our
sleep so that we can function at our absolute optimum during the day, and it’s completely understandable. But one of the things I see with this is a lot of professionals are starting to actually really dissect sleep too much. And currently, as much as I’m aware of, there is nobody who can truly train you to get X amount of sleep
stage, X amount REM sleep, because your body goes through this over the night naturally. And again, the other thing
here is every single person, their combination of their sleep stages will be different based on
a lot of different physical, emotional, and all sorts
of different factors. So I think we need to
relax a little bit more about dissecting the exact sleep stages that we go through each night, and focus on waking up
with energy in the morning after a good night’s sleep. The second part I wanted to discuss when it comes to sleep stages, is instead of dissecting the
information you might get from a sleep tracking device, really shifting your focus
to achieving quality sleep, and not worrying about the
distribution of sleep stages. And I have done a video
a couple of weeks ago about this topic, about how
to define quality sleep. So go check that out if
you’re interested in defining, or your ability to be able
to define quality sleep. So when it comes to sleep stages, as I mentioned in the
first part of this video, every single person has a
different set and pattern of sleep stages based on
various different factors that impact our sleep in general. So just because one person does not have a huge amount of REM sleep, it does not mean that their
quality of sleep is not high. And equally, just because somebody has quite a good amount of REM sleep, it might not mean that they
have good quality sleep. So I think it’s really important for us to dissect these two different definitions of really understanding
the quality of your sleep, and understanding it differently. And this is again, something
that I’m super curious about because if you remember,
sleep is only studied, and much more studied
in research recently. So even 50, 60 years ago, we weren’t aware of so
many of those sleep stages that today we talk about. So just relax a little bit more about it, and focus on getting quality
sleep based on practicalities, rather than truly dissecting
all the different sleep stages that you might experience overnight. The last part I wanted to talk about when it comes to sleep stages, is really inviting you to
focus on quality sleep more, and the practicalities of
what that quality sleep means, and how you can make sure it
happens every single night. Because again, a lot of the sciencey parts of the distribution of sleep stages. What happens with professionals
that I come across with who have struggled with
insomnia or sleep problems, is that they’re actually dissecting this information so much, but they’re not in charge
of the practicalities of it. And when I can get clients to actually stop over
monitoring their sleep, stop over dissecting their sleep, they can really truly
focus on the practicalities of making sure that they’re
able to switch off easily and drift off to sleep, sleep through the night
without interruptions, properly wake up both mentally and physically in the morning. And the last part is being
able to maintain energy levels during the day consistently. And this is what I would call the practicalities of quality sleep. And when you can actually achieve those, the distribution of sleep
stages won’t matter as much. And the only exception here is if you actually have a sleep disorder, because within some of
the sleep disorders, what you see, and if you see that if you have a proper sleep assessment, rather than potentially an
app that tracks your sleep, is that scientifically, you can pinpoint those parts of sleep that might not be happening properly. But again, what I would
like to stress here is you do need to have
assessed through a sleep clinic to really truly understand these distribution of sleep stages, and what disorders might be happening, because you’re not having
some of those sleep stages. Other than that, if you are struggling with more insomnia-type sleep
problems, I would suggest that you really truly
look at the practicalities of those skills around sleep
that you want to develop, so that you can guarantee
that switching off process, you can make sure that you
sleep through the night without disruptions and
wake up both mentally and physically in the morning. If you’re more curious
about the sleep stages that I mentioned at the beginning, what I have done is, we
have actually compiled the sleep stages within a blog article that’s actually going
alongside with this video. So what you can do is, you can find the link below this video and come over to the blog,, and you’ll be able to find
the different sleep stages and their descriptions on the website. So come on over, and of course, comment with any of the questions that you have about sleep stages, or any of the practicalities
that you found when you looked at your
sleep stages as well. If you like this video,
give it a thumbs up, subscribe to my channel and share it with a
friend or a family member that is curious about
sleep and sleep stages, but maybe feels a little bit lost about what advice they should follow. Because in this video, we talked about some
of those practicalities than I talk with my clients
who struggle with their sleep. So thank you so much for watching, and I’m really looking forward to seeing you in next week’s video. To continue helping you to overcome some of the sleep problems, and really get that great quality sleep that we all want to achieve. So see you next week.

1 thought on “Sleep Stages – The real truth misconceptions and practicalities of sleep stages”

  1. Beatrix A Schmidt - Sleep Coach and Speaker

    Thank you for watching, I would love to hear what you have learnt from this video. So use the comment box below and let me know

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