Sleep 101

Sleep 101

Sleep is essential for the body to rest and repair itself, and for the brain to process and consolidate memories. Proper sleep is crucial for physical, mental, and emotional functioning, and not getting enough of it can lead to a host of health problems.

Understanding the Different Stages of Sleep

Understanding the different stages of sleep is crucial for ensuring that you get a good night's rest. The sleep cycle consists of four stages of non-REM sleep followed by REM sleep. Different patterns of brain waves and body activity characterize each stage.

Stage 1:

This is the beginning of the sleep cycle and is characterized by slow eye movements and relaxed muscles. It is easy to be awakened during this stage, and it usually lasts only a few minutes.

Stage 2:

This stage is characterized by slower brain waves with occasional bursts of rapid brain activity. Heart rate and breathing rate also slow down, and body temperature drops. This stage typically lasts for about 20 minutes.

Stage 3:

This is a deeper stage of sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep, and is characterized by very slow brain waves called delta waves. It is during this stage that the body restores and repairs itself. This stage can last for about 30 minutes.

Stage 4:

This is the deepest stage of sleep, and it is also known as delta sleep. It is characterized by the slowest brain waves, and it is during this stage that growth hormone is released, and the body is able to restore and repair muscles and tissues. This stage typically lasts for about 30 minutes.

REM Sleep:

REM sleep is the stage where most of our dreams occur. It is characterized by rapid eye movements and increased brain activity. During REM sleep, the brain is processing and consolidates memories and learning. This stage typically occurs 90 minutes after falling asleep and lasts for about 20 minutes.

It is important to experience a balance of both non-REM and REM sleep in order to get a good night's sleep. Disruptions in sleep patterns can lead to sleep disorders, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, which can negatively impact overall health.

At Impactive, we understand the importance of sleep in maintaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being. That's why our sleeping products are designed to promote healthy sleep habits and maximize the restorative benefits of sleep. From sustainable and comfortable bedding to sleep accessories that enhance sleep quality, we offer a range of products to ensure that you get the best sleep possible. Shop our collection today and experience the difference that it can makes by knowing that you made impact.


Factors that Affect Sleep

  1. Age: As people age, their sleep patterns and needs change. Older adults may have difficulty sleeping through the night and may need to take naps during the day.
  2. Lifestyle: Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, and stress can have a significant impact on sleep quality. Regular exercise can help promote good sleep, while a poor diet or high levels of stress can negatively affect sleep.
  3. Sleep environment: The environment in which a person sleeps can have a big impact on sleep quality. Factors such as noise, light, temperature, and comfort level can all affect how well a person sleeps.
  4. Sleep disorders: Sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome can all have a negative impact on sleep. These disorders can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, and can lead to daytime fatigue and other health problems.


Tips for Improving Sleep

  1. Create a sleep-friendly environment: Make sure your bedroom is quiet, cool, and dark. Use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block out light, and use earplugs or a white noise machine to block out noise.
  2. Establish a consistent sleep schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This can help regulate your body's natural sleep-wake cycle.
  3. Practice good sleep hygiene habits: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine before bed, and limit screen time in the hours leading up to bedtime. Develop a relaxing bedtime routine, such as taking a warm bath or reading a book, to help signal to your body that it's time to sleep.
  4. Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows: A good quality mattress and pillows can make a big difference in how well you sleep. Look for products that provide proper support and comfort.


At Impactive, we understand the importance of a good night's sleep. That's why we offer a variety of sustainable and ethically-made sleep products. Shop our collection today and sleep easy knowing you made a positive impact on the world through your purchase. 

The Connection Between Sustainable Fashion and Sleep

At Impactive, our sustainable and ethically-made products promote responsible consumption and have a positive impact on the world. Our collection of sustainable clothing, bags, accessories, and decor can help you sleep easy knowing that you made a positive impact on the world through your fashion choices.

Additional Resources for Learning About Sleep

For those interested in learning more about the science of sleep, we recommend checking out the following YouTube videos:

"Why Do We Have To Sleep?" by Be Smart

"The Science of Sleep: Melatonin to Neural Pathways" by The Royal Institution


In conclusion, sleep plays a vital role in our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By prioritizing good sleep hygiene habits and investing in sustainable and ethically-made products from Impactive, you can help promote positive impact on the world and get the restful sleep you deserve.

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

1 of 12