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How to Get More REM Sleep

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 07/19/2021



REM sleep is vital to a healthy mind and mood. Here are 5 ways you can improve your REM sleep tonight.


0:00 Introduction: How to get more REM sleep

0:22 NREM vs. REM sleep

2:35 Remedies for better REM sleep

5:13 Share your success story!

In this video, we’re going to talk about how to get more REM sleep. During a good night’s sleep, you will go through four to six 90-minute cycles of sleep. There are four stages in each cycle. These are broken up into NREM (non-REM) and REM.

NREM is the deeper form of sleep that helps with body repair, detoxification, rejuvenation, and an increase in growth hormone. NREM sleep typically happens earlier in the cycle, and REM sleep happens later in each cycle.

REM sleep is more superficial. This is where most people have a problem. REM sleep is where you get your mental repair—It’s important for memory and learning. Many people don’t get the full REM sleep they need to support their minds. REM sleep is very similar to being awake. In fact, it can use up even more energy than you use while you’re awake. In REM sleep, you are more sensitive to temperature. So if your environment is too cool or warm, it can inhibit REM sleep.

In summary, NREM sleep is for physical rejuvenation, and REM sleep is for mental rejuvenation. The question is, what can you do to improve your REM sleep? I have five remedies you can use. Take a look.

1. Relax the muscle around your brainstem

2. Get your breathing balanced

3. Adjust your blanket

4. Increase acetylcholine (vitamin B1/nutritional yeast)

5. Reduce stress - this is the biggest barrier to sleep


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