How do I get more quality REM sleep?
August 27, 2012 10:32 AM Subscribe
I'm not a poor sleeper, but I want to sleep more and especially get more REM sleep. How can I do it?
posted by Borborygmus to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not especially poorly rested, but I could stand to get more REM sleep, I think. I am 37 years old. I sleep about 6:45 to 7 hours a night.
Sleep is important to me. I'm not one of those who can function without it. I practice good sleep hygiene -- regular exercise, regular bedtimes, no food or drink or exercise too close to bedtime, no caffeine, try to stay away from unnatural light before bed -- I just can't seem to hit that 100% mark.
One thing that concerns me is that I know I'm a light sleeper (I wake up at very light sounds and I never oversleep. In fact, before big events, such as a race, I can wake up 2-3 times, check the clock and go back to sleep and wake up in time.
It was pretty telling for me when I recently got a Zeo Sleep Monitor, and it told me I get little deep sleep. An ex-girlfriend also told me she thought I might have a bit of apnea. I breathe through my mouth as much as I do my nose.
Any suggestions on how to get more REM sleep? The biggest tip I got was to take pituitary caplets, but they're made from cow parts, and I don't want to risk BSE.
I was considering visiting a sleep expert and getting a diagnosis in a sleep lab. Could that help?