Till now people are not sure how or why our bodies go to sleep. We know we need sleep to rest but it isn’t clear how our body is programmed to be such a way. Here are a few things we do know that happen when our body goes to sleep.
1. Your body temperature goes down
When we are active during the day our bodies burns a lot of calories but when we’re sleeping our temperature goes down and we don’t burn as many calories.
2. Your body becomes paralyzed
Our body becomes paralyzed but our brain is more active than a person who is awake and requires more oxygen.
3. Your blood pressure goes low
Your blood pressure drops by five to seven points with a good nights sleep.
4. You drift through three sleep cycles
Non rapid eye movement(NREM) stage- The type of sleep where you might doze off during a meeting, then you move into a deeper NREM stage and then to the deepest. Finally you land into REM stage where you dream.
5. You wake up during the night
You will wake up from five to fifteen times a night and never know about it, after the deepest REM stage we wake up for a split second and then go through the sleep cycle again.
6. All your cells are being repaired
Your whole body repairs itself when you’re sleeping, from your brain cells to your muscles.
7. You forget
Your brain throws out useless information it doesn’t need. Or thinks it doesn’t need.
8. If you can’t sleep you need to detox
Toxins can keep you up at night and have you tossing and turning in bed, try a detox to help your body get rid of toxins and fall asleep again.
9. You over eat if you don’t get enough sleep
When we sleep our body regulates our hormones specifically the hormone Leptin and Ghrelin which regulate our hunger and our want for high calorie food.
10. Your immune system is at an all time high
If you’re sleep deprived you’re more likely to get the cold or flu. Getting a good amount of sleep keeps you from getting sick.