How to Achieve REM Sleep

Make the Sandman your best friend when you use these tips to achieve REM, or rapid eye movement sleep -- and experience its restorative benefits.

You will need

  • Treatment of sleep disorders
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • 7 hours or more of sleep nightly

Step 1 Consult physician Consult a physician or sleep specialist to determine whether you have a disorder, such as sleep apnea, that interferes with your ability to achieve REM sleep.

Step 2 Strive for quality sleep Strive for an overall quality sleep experience by developing a healthy lifestyle including a regular bedtime schedule, exercise, and relaxation.

Step 3 Reduce interruptions Reduce external factors which may interrupt sleep to allow the regular dream-rich REM sleep periods to occur and expand throughout the night.

Step 4 Avoid antidepressants Avoid taking antidepressants which may suppress REM sleep, and be aware that decongestants, diet pills, and caffeinated beverages may also thwart your ability to achieve REM sleep.

Step 5 Avoid cigarettes Don’t smoke which often leads to light sleep and reduced amounts of REM sleep.

Step 6 Avoid alcohol Avoid alcohol consumption which keeps people in a light sleep stage and reduces one’s ability to reach REM sleep stages.

Step 7 Sleep longer Extend your time in bed if necessary to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, providing ample time for REM cycles to occur. Now, enjoy waking up in the morning rested and ready to conquer the world.