VOYA Wellness: What happens to your body when you sleep?31/03/2016
Did you know that as we fall asleep and switch off our brains every night our bodies are still hard at work getting some much-needed maintenance done?
Here’s everything you need to know about what happens to your body when you sleep and what you can do to the get the most rewards from the experience.
Types of Sleep
There are two main types of sleep that you should be familiar with: Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). Both play a part in our sleep schedule every night provided you are getting more than 90 minutes per night in!
This type of sleep accounts for three quarters of the entire sleep process and can occur even in the stages between being actively awake and dozing off.
In the early stages of NREM (first 15-30 mins), a person becomes disengaged from their surroundings and their eyelids will begin to rest easy in the closed position. Meanwhile, breathing and heart rate remains the same but body temperature begins to drop slowly. It’s as if your body is entering a standby mode.
If the early stages of NREM remain uninterrupted, your sleep will progress to the second stage of NREM (after 30-45 minutes or so). Now your blood pressure drops and your heart rate slows and your muscles begin to relax. This is the stage of sleep that allows your body to recharge like a battery for the next day’s activity. This is the most restorative stage of sleep.
As well as replenishing your energy levels, your body takes this time to work on tissue growth and cell repair across your entire system. Blood flow to your muscles is increased at this time allowing the body to pass oxygen around the bloodstream easier.
You might already know that REM is the level of sleep in which dreaming can occur, but you might be surprised to learn that it only makes up a quarter of the total sleep cycle. REM usually occurs after 90 minutes of NREM sleep and uses its time wisely to put the body in a deep sleep so it can recharge the brain, and spread the final blasts of energy across the body so you will be energised when you wake in the morning. During REM, your muscles are completely immobilised. REM will reoccur in 90 minute intervals throughout your sleep. This is why it’s important to give yourself 7-8 hours for sleeping every night so yor body can complete its charging cycle.
Your Skin And Your Sleep
During the day your body sheds its top layer of skin which is made up of dead cells. When you go to sleep your metabolism is still working to restore these cells during the NREM phase of rest. Your skin also cleanses itself of toxins during this time too. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
Although your body is doing a great job on autopilot to maintain and nourish your skin, there are a number of things you can do to help your body do it’s job more efficiently.
1.Get An Early Night
Some studies suggest that the time slot between 11pm and 4am is the optimum time for skin cell regeneration. So in a perfect world, if you can manage to get to bed before 11pm, your skin will reap the benefits.
Keep your body hydrated during the day and drink a small glass of water before going to bed. We all know that we should aim to drink eight glasses of water a day to keep our skin in good shape, but it’s a lot easier on your system if you spread these out as much as possible. Drinking a large glass of water before going to bed could disrupt your sleep depending on how strong your bladder is. Know your own body and use your best judgement in this case.
3.Apply A Night Cream
A lot of people ask whether or not they should apply a night cream before they sleep in the worry that they might interfere with the skins natural healing process.
The truth is that you can nourish your skin with a night cream as long as the product contains active and natural ingredients. The skin temperature is higher at night allowing it to absorb nutrients into deeper layers of the skin. Use this prime time wisely and apply some night cream each evening before you go to sleep. To further enhance results you can apply a facial serum to your skin first.
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