Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

What is REM sleep and how is it helpful?

REM or rapid eye movement is a deep sleep, where your body gets some of the most restful sleep. This is the stage where you dream, have more brain activity and move around less. Although your brain is active, it’s very relaxing and restorative sleep.

It takes time to reach the REM stage, so if your sleep is often interrupted during the night, you could be missing out on some important REM sleep. Throughout the night, you cycle through several sleep stages. Stages one and two are light sleep, stages three and four are deeper, REM is deepest. During the night, you move back and forth between the sleep stages and each time you reach REM it lasts a little longer.

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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