Article summary

  • Introduction
  • Differentiation between “Regular sleep” and  Restorative Sleep
  • 5 Stages of Sleep
  • How does PEMF help achieve Restorative Sleep?
  • Dr. William Pawluk article “Sleep Disorders”
  • Conclusion



Restful, restorative sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life.  Getting enough quality sleep can protect your mental health, physical health, and your overall quality of life.  During restorative sleep, your body is working hard to support healthy brain functions and maintain your physical health.  Let’s take a closer look at what actually happens during restorative sleep.

What is the difference between

“regular” sleep and restorative sleep?


What most of us would consider regular sleep is defined as  a condition of body and mind which typically occurs for several hours each night.   The nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes are closed, the postural muscles are relaxed, and consciousness is practically suspended.  Regular sleep is easily interrupted and you can be awakened with very little stimulus.


Restorative sleep is achieved through the completion of all five stages of sleep, and also the chemical changes that occur that allow the brain and body systems to be repaired, heal, and grow.  Let’s take a close look at what happens to the body during the five stages of sleep.

5 Stages of Sleep


1.  Wake:  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  We are fully awake, alert, and all voluntary and involuntary body systems are functioning.

2.  Relaxed wakefulness:  During this stage, the body is preparing for sleep.  Body processes begin to slow down, muscles relax, and the eyes get “heavy.”  This stage often breaks through during our daily routine when we haven’t gotten enough restorative sleep.  The body is literally demanding to get what it needs.

3.  Light sleep:  During this relatively short phase of sleep your heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow significantly, and your muscles relax with occasional twitches.  Your brain waves begin to slow from their daytime wakefulness patterns.  When we’re really tired during the day and we “head bob” out of an unexpected nap, typically it’s this stage we snap out of so quickly.  

4.  Deep sleep:  This stage is also known as Slow Wave Sleep and it’s where real restorative sleep begins.  Deep Sleep is the most rejuvenating and restorative sleep stage.  During this stage, the glymphatic system removes waste, such as neurotoxins and beta-amyloids, from the brain.  The body is able to redirect energy from the voluntary systems used during waking hours and focus on regenerating healthy cells, healing damaged or diseased cells, absorbing nutrients, increasing oxygen exchange, and eliminating cellular waste.

5.  REM Sleep:  This stage first occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep.  Your eyes move rapidly from side to side behind closed eyelids.  The brain is active but the body is basically paralyzed during REM sleep.  Vivid dreams happen during this stage and your heart rate and respiration rate are increased.  In terms of brain activity, REM sleep resembles wakefulness.

How Does PEMF Help Achieve Restorative Sleep?

There are many therapeutic approaches to improving sleep health.  Unfortunately, as happens so often in our society the first answer many people are offered is drugs!  While there are times when medications can be helpful in establishing healthy sleep patterns, they often have addictive qualities and negative side effects.  Many people find that when the body is given the fuel it needs to function properly, healthy sleep patterns develop naturally.  People use many different therapies when taking a natural approach to their sleep health.  Some examples are herbs and supplements, Melatonin being the most common.  Meditation, relaxation, massage, and focused breathing exercises are other examples.  For the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on the role PEMF therapy can play in helping your body achieve Restorative Sleep.

Brainwave ‘Entrainment’

PEMF therapy fuels your brain to function at maximum efficiency.  Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy enhances the body’s ability to achieve restorative sleep through a process known as brainwave entrainment.  By stimulating the brain with low frequency PEMF therapy, the brain starts locking into the signal that mimics the deep sleep state.  This process also trains the body to move through each stage of sleep, absorbing the benefits of each one.  Simply stated, PEMF therapy alters disruptive sleep wave patterns and helps restore them to a healthy, stable status. 

PEMF on Physiological Maladies That Interfere with

The Sleep Cycle

Some people have genuine sleep disorders and others struggle with interrupted sleep.  For those in the latter category, PEMF therapy helps the body achieve restorative sleep by reducing sleep-depriving influences like pain, anxiety, incontinence, and others.  It’s simple common sense that being awakened frequently from a pain stimulus, a “busy brain” that just won’t shut down, or the need to visit the restroom countless times is going to result in a poor night’s sleep.  When the sleep cycle is constantly interrupted, the body never has the opportunity to enter that deep sleep phase we discussed earlier.  Fluctuating back and forth between the early, lighter stages of sleep doesn’t give the body time to rest, much less work on restoration and healing.  PEMF has over 60 years of proven clinical success in reducing pain, eliminating depression and anxiety, and improving incontinence.  These are just a few examples, but they are the most common.

Dr. William Pawluk Study

Dr. Pawluk is recognized around the globe as a medical authority on PEMF therapy.  In his 2015 article entitled “Sleep Disorders” Dr. Pawluk takes a deep dive into the science behind PEMF therapy application in patients who struggle with unhealthy sleep patterns. 

Click the link for the full article.


Achieving restorative sleep is essential for maintaining both physical and emotional health.  Without spending a therapeutic amount of time in the Deep Sleep phase, the body just doesn’t have the opportunity to perform the self-preserving  processes of healing and regeneration it’s designed for.  PEMF can play a significant role in establishing healthy, restorative sleep patterns both by directly influencing healthy sleep brain waves and reducing the physical ailments that interrupt our sleep.

Published by Roxanne Clark


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