Sleep is a mystery to many people because they cannot observe themselves during it. As a result, questions abound regarding what happens to the body and mind during this nightly occurrence of unconsciousness. For individuals who cannot achieve sound nightly slumber, a sleep center can observe their behavior for them to determine the factors preventing their slumber. However, for those who can typically fall asleep without issue, their bodies generally undergo the following changes:
Slowing Vital Signs
While sleeping, people are in a state of relaxation. Studies show that as individuals drift into sleep, many bodily systems begin to slow down. Breathing becomes noticeably slower. Heart rate decreases. Even the internal temperature of people who are asleep is lower than that of waking individuals.
Continuing research indicates that sleep is fundamental for body rejuvenation and cellular repair. Slumber is the time during which the body attends to the regulation of systems by sending out hormones and creating new cells. Because the body is at rest during slumber, it also allows the tissues in the body to relax. Given the constant usage of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones during a person’s waking hours, sleep is imperative to avoid overuse and damage to these structures.
Increasing Brain Activity
Slumber is necessary for brain health as well. Sleep allows the mind to both rest and recharge. Data indicates that while people are asleep, the brain is preserving memories. That is why experts recommend against staying up all night for a test or exam, as the mind does not have the opportunity to store away the information learned during those overnight hours. During REM sleep, however, the brain becomes alert once more. This heightened period of brain activity can last for up to a half-hour during each REM cycle.
Is your quality of life suffering due to poor sleeping habits? Call Zeeba Sleep Center at (702) 242-1562 to set up an initial consultation at our Las Vegas facility. Our fully accredited sleep center can help you get to the root of your sleeping problems as quickly as possible.
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