You’ve likely had the question posed to you, “Are you an early bird or a night owl?” If you struggle with fatigue and tiredness throughout the day, you could respond to this inquiry with “I’m not either. I’m some form of permanently exhausted pigeon.” Even though you try to get enough sleep and regularly reach the “magic” number of 8 hours a night, you may still struggle to stay awake at your desk or find yourself dozing off when your coworker starts to drone on about their family vacation. Instead of just accepting your identity as a permanently exhausted pigeon, it’s time to get to the bottom of your energy crisis and stop relying on caffeine to get you through the day.
It seems crazy that something you spend ⅓ of your life doing is also something that you likely know very little about. You know that it is essential and that you should probably get more. You know that you feel better and can focus better on the next day’s challenges and activities when you have a restful night. But have you ever wondered how sleep actually works? Or what is REM, and why it is so important? Read on to find out more.