Deep Sleep: What is it and Why do I need it?

by Bryan Dewhurst on April 04, 2020

Also known as “slow wave sleep”, Deep Sleep is when your brain waves are at their lowest frequency, meaning you don’t respond to stimuli as quickly and you are at your hardest to wake up. It is known as the “physically restorative” stage of sleep, meaning it is during this time that your muscles relax, your heart rate decreases, and your brain clicks pause on the countless thoughts that cycled through your head during the day.


Is Deep Sleep really necessary?

If you want to function throughout the day, then yes, Deep Sleep is necessary. It is during this time when your body restores and heals itself. Another thing to note is that 95% of the human growth hormone is produced during deep sleep. This is why we’ve gotten used to hearing “get enough sleep if you wanna grow taller” especially when we were younger. In case you’re still not convinced, here are some of the benefits/effects of deep sleep:

 

  • Energy is restored
  • Metabolism and blood sugar levels are balanced
  • Tissues and bones are repaired
  • The immune system is strengthened
  • Cells are regenerated
  • Blood supply is Increased to both the heart and the muscles
  • The brain is detoxified

 

What if I fail to get deep sleep?
Sleep deprivation has profound effects on health. Failing to get enough sleep can significantly impact the body and, more importantly, the brain. 
When deep sleep is compromised, consider these consequences:
 (Higher risk for)
  • Obesity
  •  Type 2 Diabetes
  • Impaired growth
  • cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Dementia
  • Depression

 

Tips on How to Get More Deep Sleep

  • Have a consistent nighttime routine
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine 
  • Create an ideal sleep environment (this includes the temperature, the quality of your sheets, and the amount of light and sound that enters your room)
  • Take a warm shower
  • Read a book
  • Write on your journal
  • Meditate
  • Stay away from your gadgets one hour before bedtime
  • Drink just the right amount of water so your sleep doesn’t get disrupted by trips to the bathroom
  • Use lavender oil/lotion
  • Take 3 Mr. Sleep capsules 30 minutes before going to bed

 

We know it’s a lot to take in. Generally, the key factor in achieving deep sleep is optimizing the consistency of your sleep-wake schedule. Create a simple, sustainable routine and follow it religiously. Good luck! 

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