Sleep : Sleep And Sleep Cycle Essay

819 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Have you ever heard the expression “woke up on the wrong side of the bed”. While waking up on the wrong side of the bed does directly affect us, however, not getting sleep do it can. Sleep is an important factor for our body to function properly. As a nurse, it is important to educate your patient on the importance of quality sleep. Some point that should be included when educating a patient and caregiver on varying sleep patterns across lifespan includes physiology of sleep and the sleep cycle, differences in sleep patterns from infancy to older adulthood and factors that affect sleep. In this paper I will break down the physiology of sleep and the sleep cycle and how interruption in either can affect sleep quality. I will also discuss sleep patterns from infancy to older adulthood and factors and how to ensure that the proper demands are met. Lastly I will discuss factors that can affect sleep and how to avoid them. Sleep is controlled by the Circadian Rhythm or our 24-biologic clock. It controls our body functions and mood. There are 4 main stages of sleep (which occurs in a 90-minute cycle) and ends with REM (repaid eye movement) sleep. The first three stages are considered non-rapid eye movement or non-REM. Stage 1 is classified as light sleep it is the period between being awake and falling asleep. This stage only lasts a few minutes and can easily be disturbed with outside side influences. Stage 2 is classified as sound sleep; it is the period when the person…

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