rapid eye movement sleep

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Noun1.rapid eye movement sleep - a recurring sleep state during which dreaming occurs; a state of rapidly shifting eye movements during sleep
sleep, slumber - a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; "he didn't get enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
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You'll wake up three or four times in the night and you'll tend to wake up at the end of an REM cycle of sleep which is natural.
The REM cycle is vital for learning, stimulating the brain regions used in learning and developing new skills.
Also, a five- or 10-minute snooze is not enough time to complete a REM cycle, so you're likely to wake up again just as your body is starting to relax into the next round of sleep.
During healthy sleep, we roll through 90- to 120-minute cycles in five stages that range from falling asleep, through deep sleep, and on to the dreaming moments of the REM cycle; then it repeats.
Give yourself 3-8 hours' break of caffeine before hitting the sack, and keep in mind that while alcohol might make you feel drowsy, limit yourself to one glass - too much disrupts your REM cycle. stay cool.