Sleeping good for a whole night, without waking once, seems to be a rather rare thing, but it’s actually what your body requires, in order for you to be fully productive the next day.
Most people perceive that going to bed at the correct time guarantees a good night’s sleep, wrong! More often you end up waking between 3:00am and 5:00am. This can often cause issues, particularly when someone finds it hard to go back to sleep.
Its not a coincidence that many people wake up during this window, However it turns out, there is actually a reason to the trend …
Between the hours of 3:00am and 5:00am which are referred to as the hour of the wolf, after Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name.
It’s exactly when the body often slips into its deepest rest, which is the main reason why the body’s functions can be so affected by it.
The hour of the wolf
For those who do sleep as normal, the hour of the wolf represents the period where sleep is at its deepest. Unfortunately those who wake up it apparently represents the time when feelings of anxiety are strongest.
The body’s circadian rhythm (the 24 hour cycle of physiological processes) follows the sun’s rise and fall, meaning such things as body temperature, blood pressure and metabolism reduce during the night. Around 4:00am they are at their lowest, as the body has entered its natural rest stage at this time. However if you suffer from anxiety, then you will wake up during this period when feelings are exacerbated.
Here’s a useful tip to help get the rest you require: turn your phone on silent, as it interferes more than you realise. Think about what you are worried or stressed about, before wondering what can be done to deal with it.
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