The 5 Stages of Sleep: Getting the Best Rest Possible
October 21, 2013•9 min
What's important is not just the number of hours that you are in bed, but the quality of your sleep.All sleep is not created equal. Sleep occurs in a series of recurring stages that are very complex and different from one another and play an important role for preparing you mentally and physically for the day ahead. Deep sleep, stages 3 and 4 and REM sleep are the most important. What's important is not just the number of hours that you are in bed, but the quality of your sleep. If you have 8 hours of sleep but still have trouble waking up to your alarm and feel fatigued, you are probably not getting the proper quality of sleep within the different stages. Clinical psychologist and sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus, PhD explains the five stages of sleep and how to improve the quality of your sleep.