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What happens to your body when you sleep?

Jan 4, 2018

Sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. Various organs in our body benefit from sleep and the lack of it can cause serious problems, which we may not be aware of. Even though we’re unconscious for one-thirds of our lives, we can use that time to maintain good health, nonetheless. This is what happens to your body when you go to sleep:

Brain:

While you're asleep, the brain is busy forming new memories, consolidating old ones, and linking the recent and earlier memories. But most importantly, the brain needs that rest so that it can cement the new information we're taking in. The brain is cleaned up and toxins flushed out, which prevents diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Lungs:

No matter which cycle of sleep you are in (there are 5 in total), the act of sleeping itself causes irregular breathing. This is because throat muscles relax. Hence, the throat gets narrower each time we inhale. This may lead to snoring or problems like sleep apnea. You can prevent all of this by ensuring you maintain a healthy routine when you’re awake and get your eight hours of sleep.

Heart:

The heart rate reduces from 100 beats per minute when we’re awake, to 10-30 beats per minute when we sleep. This results in a decline in blood pressure, which results in restful sleep. Sleep deprivation releases high amounts of hormone adrenaline, which makes the heart work harder. Consequently, you can get a high cholesterol problem that can cause a heart attack or a stroke.

Muscles:

Though a person can change their sleeping position about 35 times a night, the muscles of the body remain relaxed. This gives a chance for tissues to be repaired and restored, so that you have plenty of energy the next day.

Immune System:

According to research, when you sleep more, your body is better equipped to fight infectious illnesses for a quicker recovery. This is probably since the immune system produces more proteins during sleep. A cancer killer called TNF - Tumour Necrosis Factor - also pumps through our veins when we are asleep. Hence, if you don’t get adequate rest, your body has lesser number of TNF and is more prone to cancer.

The recommended hours of sleep are important and necessary for our body. That is obvious. We at MM Foam know that the best sleep is on our mattresses and pillows. We also know that you will wake up positive. Go, get your sleep fix now.

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