Canít sleep well at night? Feeling frustrated? Had enough of lying awake, completely shattered and desperate to get a few hours of sleep? Getting no sleep at night is a dilemma that affects millions of people all over the world.
Insomnia can seem untimely, robbing you of sleep when you need it the most. Itís sometimes hard to believe that you canít sleep, even when youíre utterly exhausted. Why is this so? Surely being exhausted is enough for the onset of sleep? But it isnít.
Sleep is far more complex than you think. Did you know that there are five stages of sleep? These five stages control sleep, and the quality and amount of sleep you attain. When you understand these stages, youíll begin to realize how sleep can be sabotaged so easily.
Itís unlikely that you will be aware of these five stages when asleep, but you may be interested to know that we often drift into some of these stages without knowing so. Our brainwaves change in frequency, throughout the day and night. If you canít sleep and youíre awake, youíre brain is more likely to be exhibiting high brainwaves called beta.
In fact, we spend most of our waking time in the beta stage. Whether weíre driving, reading or watching TV. At the first stages of sleep, our brains enter alpha and even theta brainwaves. This is often associated with deep relaxation and meditation.
During the latter stages of sleep the brain enters deep sleep, also known as delta sleep. This is the most important part of sleep for regeneration, healing and recuperation. People who canít sleep often miss this all so vital stage. The result is extreme tiredness and lack of concentration throughout the day among an extensive list of sleep deprived symptoms.