After an uninterrupted night’s sleep, all we seem to recollect the next morning are the dreams, sometimes not even them.
But you might be surprised to know that while you were fast asleep, your body has been at work! Necessary work that keeps you going during the day for years together.
Doctors and researchers recommend a good 6-8 hours sleep each night which is essential for the body to rest, recoup and re energise.
To put that in perspective, you spend 1/4th – 1/3rd of your lifetime sleeping!
Read on to know what actually happens and how crucial sleep is for our survival.
From taking a mental stock of what is at home and what you need to pick while at a grocery store to remembering the dance steps at the art class – we all know how frustrating it can be when we can’t seem to recollect what we want, when we want.
That’s how much we rely on our memory in our daily lives.
Yep, you guessed it right.
There is good sleep behind good memory because, during sleep, the brain sorts information gathered or learnt during the day and commits it to permanent memory.
It basically creates an information map that can be easily retrieved from later.
While sleeping, different organs of the body release many hormones and proteins.
Cytokines are a kind of small protein secreted by the immune system. They help the body fight infection, inflammation and trauma.
It also produces immune cells and antibodies that kill harmful germs thereby preventing the body from falling ill.
Growth & Repair
When the body enters a peaceful deep sleep state, the brain signals the release of growth hormones by the pituitary gland. Along with this, the increased blood circulation supplies extra oxygen and nutrients to all parts aiding tissue growth and muscle repair.
The skin which is the largest organ of the body also benefits from these by-products of a good sleep, making the skin elastic and youthful.
Now we are talking!
Sends toxins out
Sleep-time is detoxification time too.
Harmful by-products that build up during the day in various organs – especially the brain and the liver are cleared out. This allows these systems to get back on track, ready for different work when you wake up.
Beta-amyloid is one such toxic protein whose accumulation in the brain is a known marker of Alzheimer’s.
Let’s flush them out.
There are many more processes big and small that go on inside the body when we are asleep, all contributing to our overall physical and mental well-being.
Hence, if you have trouble going to sleep, staying asleep or not feeling rested even after spending hours in the bed, you should talk to your doctor.
Before that, also pay attention to the bed you sleep on.
The quality of sleep affects the quality of life. And the quality of the mattress determines the quality of sleep.
So don’t compromise on quality sleep. Try our Hypnos mattresses and give your body a peaceful ‘in-action’ environment!