Why need sleep?
Why do you need consistent sleep? Many answers but why would you care? More and more research is coming up why sleep is important. The results are shocking but the causes are clear. Sleep blog reminds you of why you really need sleep!
What is sleep? If we go by the scientific definition, it can be defined as the natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness is suspended. It is the time when our body and mind relax and get ready for next day’s work. Scientists have since long tried to decipher the mysteries behind this natural process. What happens after we fall asleep? Do we see dreams all the while? Different theories have come up in response to these questions.
Sleep can be categorised into different categories- deep slumber, light sleep, falling asleep immediately etc.Â Falling asleep constitutes the stage one of falling asleep. The mind starts to relax and a person starts drifting away into the mysterious world of sleep. The breathing becomes slow, heart beat becomes more regular and blood pressure decreases. It is easier to wake up a person during this stage and the person would not feel if he actually fell asleep.
After 15 to 20 minutes of falling asleep, we descend into the stage two of sleep. During this point of time, the brain does not show any change in the brain wave pattern. It is slightly difficult to wake up a person from this stage of sleep. A sound in the close vicinity may wake up a person.
After 30 to 45 minutes of falling asleep, the brain wave pattern changes. At this stage we move into the stage 4 of deep sleep. At this time, it will take a lot of efforts to wake up a person. Only a very loud noise may wake up a person. If woken up from this stage of sleep, a person feels groggy. The metabolic activity of brain decreases during deep sleep.
During the deep sleep our body and mind replenish and rejuvenate. Hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland to increase the secretion of human growth hormone(HGH). HGH is also referred to as ‘fountain of youth’ as it enables to restore the youthful state. It promotes tissue building and growth in children.
During the Rapid Eye Movement(REM) the brain waves shift again and eyes flutter back and forth under closed eyelids. It is during the REM that we dream.
For a healthy body and mind, it is essential to take 6 to 8 hours of sleep everyday. Sleep disorders are caused by the lack of proper sleep. It can be avoided by maintaining a proper sleep cycle.
What Time Should You Sleep
Is there a best time to sleep? There is a saying that sleeping early and waking up early is good for your health. How true is that? Is it alright to sleep late and wake up late?
You actually have an amazing biological clock ticking inside your body. It is very precise. It helps to regulate your various body functions including your sleeping time.
From 11pm to 3am, most of your blood circulation concentrates in your liver. Your liver gets larger when filled with more blood. This is an important time when your body undergoes detoxification process. Your liver neutralizes and breaks down body toxins accumulated throughout the day.
However if you don’t sleep at this time, your liver cannot carry out this detoxification process smoothly.
If you sleep at 11pm, you have full 4 hours to detoxify your body. If you sleep at 12am, you have 3 hours. If you sleep at 1am, you have 2 hours. And if you sleep at 2am, you only have 1 hour to detoxify.
What if you sleep after 3am? Unfortunately, you won’t have any time to actually detoxify your body. If you continue with this sleeping pattern, these toxins will accumulate in your body over time. You know what happens next.
What if you sleep late and wake up late?
Have you tried going to bed very late at night? Did you realize you feel very tired the next day no matter how much you sleep?
Sleeping late and waking up late is indeed very bad for your health. Besides not having enough time to detoxify your body, you will miss out other important body functions too.
From 3am to 5am, most blood circulation concentrates in your lung. What should you do at this moment? Well, you should exercise and breathe in fresh air. Take in good energy into your body, preferably in a garden. At this time, the air is very fresh with lots of beneficial negative ions.
From 5am to 7am, most blood circulation concentrates in your large intestine. What should you do at this moment? You should poop! Pass out all unwanted poop from your large intestine. Prepare your body to absorb more nutrients throughout the day.
From 7am to 9am, most blood circulation concentrates in your stomach. What should you do at this moment? Have your breakfast! This is your most important meal in a day. Make sure you have all the required nutrients from your breakfast. Not having breakfast causes lots of health problems for you in the future.
That’s the way to start your day
There you are… the most ideal way to start your day. After fully detoxifying your blood during your sleep, you wake up fresh to inhale beneficial energy. Then you pass out unwanted poop from your large intestine. After that, you take in balanced nutrients to prepare your body for a new day.
No wonder people living in villages or farms is healthier. They sleep early and wake up early. They follow their natural biological clock.
Living in city, we have more difficulty in following this sleeping schedule. We have good lightning, TV and internet to delay our precious sleeping time.
Following your natural timetable
Once I know the importance of our biological clock, I try my best to follow it. If I wake up early, I usually start my day on the computer. But when I see the clock shows 7am, I know it’s the best time for breakfast. So I’ll try to have my breakfast before 9am for best absorption.
What if you’re offered a night shift job? I recommend you to reject it even the salary is higher. For long term, you may need to spend more money for your health problems.
What if you have assignment to do until late at night? Well, why not sleep early and wake up earlier to do it? Just shift your work time from late night to early morning. You get the same time. But your body will appreciate it.
With this, try to follow this timing as close as possible. Make it your daily routine. I’m sure you will feel fresher and more energetic all day long.