When We Sleep

in steemstem •  6 months ago

It must be pretty clear to virtually every human being on planet earth that sleep...most especially...adequate sleep, is very essential for the human mind and body. This is something a lot of us take for granted, due to our busy schedules and hyperactive lives.

But even with the need for the 7 - 9 hours of healthy recommended sleep time, do we all know what our body and minds are up to, while we are snoozing? Well, this article helps to put some of those activities which our subconscious/mind and body indulges in, while we happily snore, into perspective.


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The Brain is a flusher

While in the snoring mode, your body and mine (coincidentally…😉) fundamentally works to cleanse our system of toxins. And during the sleep or resting period, damaged molecules and toxins get filtered, through a process that enables the brain and the body to rejuvenate.

What this signifies is that if you deprive the body of sufficient or adequate amounts of sleep, your brain would be unable to detoxify the body, and you know what that means? Well, it means we gradually begin to deteriorate neurologically….Yep! Terrible, I know. So, to avoid or prevent that, GET ENOUGH SLEEP! [1], [2]


Getting taller while asleep is real

Apart from the basic fact that we experience growth in height while we sleep, due to the production of growth hormones, there are other factors than cause us to get taller while we sleep.

Did you know that while you lay down in sleep, your spinal discs decompress and also rehydrate? This causes the discs to become bigger, thereby boosting your height slightly.

Also, for much younger people, the more deep sleep they get or allocate to their body daily will enable them grow further in height, until the age of say 19 – 27, when the body’s growth plates closes and becomes replaced with solid bone. [3]

Did you know that the more open your growth plates are, leading to the release of growth hormones, the more you will continue to increase in height regardless of other factors? For more on this, read [4]


Calorie burning during sleep, makes you lose weight

Already we know that the body burns some calories even while we sleep, despite the body’s inactivity. However, what a lot of people do not know is that through the night, we expel humid air and lose water from the body through perspiration, thereby losing weight.

Compared to the day, we do not consume food or beverages to counter this effect, while we must be deep in sleep. Hence, we drop in pounds or weight by morning.

Also, while we sleep, our body deals with hunger hormones (for our own good, in most cases). How does this work, you may ask? Well, we are equipped to fight off the cravings of junk food, if we are able to get adequate amount of sleep the night before the junk-food consumption. [5], [6]


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Sleep boosts a healthy skin

As we sleep or rest, the protein which is responsible for a healthy skin and youthful appearance, collagen is produced at an increased rate.

Ironically, the collagen protein, which when released at higher levels promote vibrant and resilient skin, is stimulated by growth hormones which are released as we sleep and slumber. [7], [8]


Our mind creates dreams at night

Despite the fact that so many of us claim that we don’t dream at all at night, the truth is that just because you can’t actually remember dreaming doesn’t mean that you aren’t dreaming.

Studies have shown that most of us get to forget about 95 to 99 percent of our dreams. Why this happens isn’t exactly clear, but some medical and psychological theories suggest that it may be because we aren’t concentrating on our dreams while in the dream land.

Another theory as to why most people don’t recall their dreams, and hence conclude that they don’t dream is probably because while we are asleep, the hormone (norepinephrine) that is linked with memory is turned off. This makes the brain unable to encode the night visions or dream experience into memories. [9]

By the way, we tend to dream for as much as 2 hours during a night of about 8 hours of sleep. (I bet your dream, could even form a Hollywood movie, eh? 2 hours of dream? I’m sure my dreams would be a blockbuster….😁) [10]


Body drop in temperature

Unless you are sick of some kind of ailment, when we find ourselves in dreamland, our body temperature normally drops. The significant rate at which our body temperature drops is synonymous with the reducing the rate at which the body burns calories and releases the melatonin hormone which regulates sleep and wakefulness. [11], [12]


You unknowingly wake up numerous times during sleep

Our body often goes through a strange cycle where we wake up so many times within an hour (in some cases, about 15 times), during the night. It is said that this phenomenon is usually experienced when our body is shifting from one sleep stage to another. [13]

However, it is also known that the several periods of wakefulness is quite brief that we don’t get to remember them, in most cases. [14]


Your own involuntary jerk can wake you up

So many people get to experience sudden involuntary contraction of muscles in a phenomenon known as a hypnagogic jerk, which is produced when they fall asleep. [15]

Whether you are sleeping alone or a partner, you may experience that sudden jerk which is quite significant enough to wake you up back up from dreamland. [16]


Conclusion

Without a doubt, adequate sleep and rest impacts greatly on our health in so many ways that can even be mentioned. In order words, good sleep, is equivalent to good health.

Seeing as there are so many benefits associated with the various sleep-related health facts about, it is paramount that everyone of us, should adopt a daily schedule that enables us to get recommended duration of sleep every night, in order to keep our body, mind and soul healthy and in one piece.

Nutritional habits should also be adjusted and healthier food or feeding habits would go a long wat to enable us have sound sleep at night as well, which ultimately translates to a healthy body and mind.


References & Further Reading:
nih.gov | npr.org | ncbi.nlm.nih.gov | healthguidance.org | livestrong.com | thegabrielmethod.com | webmd.com | alaskasleep.com | sleep.org | medicalnewstoday.com | https://sleep.org | tuck.com | sensitivesleepers.com | drweil.com | wikipedia.org | livescience.com]



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Oh! What a wonderful post @rickie 😊

But, hey ....

While we happily snore

speak for yourself 😛

As you might have guessesed the part that interested me the most from your post was ‘Our Mind Creates Dreams at Night’. I have had so many people come to me saying ‘ but, I never dream!’, I go like ‘yep, you do ...’

Overall, I think your post is especially important for steemians (e.g @samminator, @wisdomdavid ), sleep is definetly underrated nowadays! Sleep is NOT for the weak, it is for the priviledged! So, hlighting the importance of regular quality sleep for both good mental and phsysical health has become a necessity. I have seen people, who, just by changing their sleeping patterns, had their levels of anxiety reduced to levels which were no longer regarded clinical. Then, they feel more energetic to exercise, subsequently, they want to eat better....

Have a wonderful day my dear! ❤️ I am about to start mine :)

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Hahahaha. You're so right Abbey. I need this kind of post.
I almost starve myself of sleep. I hope I won't end up owing sleep :)

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Lolz....Abi Abi!!

speak for yourself 😛

I'm sure your snoring can't be bad or painful @abigail-dantes ..... I'm guessing it must be the angelic type, yes? 😛....Lolz
And you are right, a lot of people just conclude that they don't dream at all........And I keep wondering, "ones mind can't be that dull or blank every single night".
And like we know, its basically more of people completely forgetting their dream and the dreamworld, than them not dreaming at all.

Also, while making this post I found out that People who think dreams are important and are more interested in them are more likely to recall them; probably because they are motivated to pay attention to their dreams.

Generally, neuroscience and the psychology of sleep is quite an intriguing field. I'm glad to dabble into your field of Psychology every once in a while to learn a few things about our human neuro system.
Thanks for visiting @abigail-dantes, and do have an awesome day!

Well then! More sleeping time.. It is

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Yea, for sure. There is no point contesting that @tobiicole. Thanks for reading.

Ohhhh i only have like 4-5 hours of sleep a day, so my body doesn't have enough time to detoxify and rejuvinate.... I really need to have more time to sleep....

Thank you for a great information sir @rickie 😘😍😊

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Yea, I am equally guilty of same poor sleeping schedule too @avhyaceulip. I've been trying lately to adjust though....I hope to successfully adjust soon. Thanks for reading.

I bet your dream, could even form a Hollywood movie, eh? 2 hours of dream? I’m sure my dreams would be a blockbuster

You know there are researches about being able to observe what we are seeing? I mention this because who knows, perhaps in the future there could be a way to record our dreams and check them out later when we are awake. And if the dream is cool, why don't post it online? :)

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Wow! It would be super cool to be able to observe and record our dreams @dedicatedguy .....such a move would surely be a major breakthrough in science and neurological field. Thanks for reading.

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Posting our dreams online!!!... Can there be anything cooler than that, I doubt that.

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Posting our dreams online!!!... Can there be anything cooler than that, I doubt that.

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There will be no posting of my dreams, Google! I forbid that!
The last thing we need is Google Ads in our dreams, through Google Dream - Dream what you want to dream (just 99 Credits). Gain credits by watching Ads or if you are out of credits, enjoy Google random dreams. Disclaimer: 1 in 10 dreams is a Horror Dream! Be sure to watch Ads so you have enough credits to escape those bad dreams.
Sorry! It was my dystopic dream about the future of dreams :)
Hell no!

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That sounded like a Black Mirror episode!

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Lolz.....😆

Wow, a loy of interesting facts about sleep
Thanks gor the great info. @rickie, i should sleep more now. Hahaha
But about tge two hours of dreaming... That's weird. Haha

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Yea, our body seems to have a mind of its own when we snooze. Thanks for reading @rebeccafl

7-9 hours of sleep?
I better get rid of my alarm. Sleeping for that long something that will take a while for my body to adjust to. I get just about 4-5 hours of sleep, sometimes it's shared between my day time and night time.

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Lolz.....We are in the same boat @daniel-otaniel....Powered by alarms...Lolz. I'm hoping for a time when I'd just wake up when I want. That's going to be very soon though. Thanks for reading, buddy.

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I'm glad I did, it was captivating and educative as well, thanks for sharing.

Interesting to read that we may not remember our dreams because a hormone is suppressed, I had always wondered why that was. Did you read anything about people needing different amounts of sleep? I have met people who consistently only get four or five hours a night. That would kill me quickly, but some people seem to be able to do it.

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Yea, It is one of the strange factors playing with our sleep schedule, without our permission. No, I haven't read about that...only about animals though, who can make do with as little as few cumulative minutes of sleep.

I have met people who consistently only get four or five hours a night. That would kill me quickly, but some people seem to be able to do it.

This has been my routine for about 5 years now. You should try it sometime @flyyingkiwi 😁.
Thanks for reading, mate.

That is a lot of things that happen...all I know is I wake up ready to steem :)

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Lolz...😆.....The model sleeper, you certainly are @greenrun.

Nice piece buddy. I think I can use some good sleep right now.
bodi no be wood oo, I dey tells u

Adequate sleep is the best, I also feel sick anytime I deprive myself of this wonderful thing. Nice article, keep it up