15 “Facts” About Sleep That Are Completely Wrong

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Myth #11: REM sleep is the most restful type of sleep

FACT: REM sleep is the one sleep phase where our brains and body behave almost as if we’re awake.

The first REM cycle usually kicks in about 90 minutes after you fall asleep and is identified by an increase in heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, and temporarily paralyzed limbs. The most restive and restorative phase of sleep is actually during non-REM sleep.

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