Introduction to the Sleep-Wake Cycle

Nov 22

Some nights you fall asleep easily, while other nights you toss and turn for hours. How and when you feel sleepy has to do with your sleep-wake cycle, a natural, internal, 24-hour cyclical rhythm, enabled by the communication of our body with the environment.

A cycle in which physiological processes go up and down allowing the body to function properly. Sleep is an important part of the sleep-wake cycle consisting of a number of sleep cycles during the night. In particular, the first sleep cycles are of major importance.

In this video, Dr Anne Schaafsma provides a short introduction to what the sleep-wake cycle is, and explains why it’s so important to our health and well-being.

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