In this Expert Insight Interview, David Shirazi discusses a topic that everyone is interested in — sleep. David Shirazi is the owner of TMJ and Sleep Therapy Center.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The importance of sleep hygiene for achieving high-quality sleep
- What the perfect bedroom looks like
- The four stages of sleep and how each affects our mind and body
Sleep is hugely important because it is exceedingly challenging to function at your optimal level if you’re not getting the proper amount of it. More and more people seem to be having trouble with sleep, and part of the problem is the inputs that we’re all experiencing before we go to bed or even throughout the day.
Obviously, many people out there have problems falling asleep or experience low-quality sleep due to health problems, but more often than not, the problem stems from poor sleep hygiene.
The Perfect Bedroom
If you were to look at the average master bedroom, you’d probably see a TV in it. There would also likely be phones plugged in beside the bed, along with other sources of light, stimulation, and distraction.
According to David Shirazi, this is the opposite of what a good sleep-hygiene bedroom should look like. He hasn’t had a TV in his bedroom for 15 years or so, and he claims that other light sources should be eliminated from the space as well. This is because our brains can’t tell the difference between light that comes from an artificial source and light that comes from the sun, which messes up our circadian rhythm and ruins our sleep.
Stages of Sleep
There are four stages of sleep: stage one, stage two, stage three, and REM sleep. In stages one and two, our body and mind experience a bit of rest, similar to closing your eyes while remaining awake.
In stage three, we get almost 100% of our growth hormone, so needless to say; this stage is crucial for our physical wellbeing. Finally, contrary to popular belief, REM is not just about dreaming. This is the stage where we get our mental and emotional consolidation and resolution to things that we’re processing.
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