Lorn Healthy Options weekly health tip – April 29

Rob Graham, lead exercise professional at Healthy Options.

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Did you know there are many different types of sleep?

To keep things simple, we will refer to two different types of sleep. Non rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) is often referred to as ‘deep sleep’ and this is when we memory store.

Loss of deep sleep will compromise our ability to learn and understand new facts and skills.

Rapid eye movement sleep (REM) or ‘dream sleep’ is more involved with connecting facts and plays a key role in how we make sense of the world. Dream sleep is more chaotic but very healthy and enhances our creative nature and our ability to problem solve. Loss of dream sleep can profoundly affect our mental health.

If we’re not getting enough sleep we may also dip into micro-sleeps where we momentarily switch off and if this happens while driving it can be enough to change lanes even at 30mph. Can you afford not to get a good night’s sleep?

Being physically active and getting outside can help you get a good night’s sleep.

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Rob Graham, Lead Exercise Professional at Healthy Options.