“You’re Getting Sleepy!” Quality Secrets To Starting 5 Of The Most Successful Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep!

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Have you ever wondered what goes on when you’re lying on your bed, cut off from the outside world, sleeping? When we’re sleeping, we go through a sleep cycle. In fact, we ride it like a surfer on a wave. Our mind passes through three different stages, including light sleep, deep sleep and of course, dreams. While moving on from one stage to
another, we tend to surf to the surface, without completely awakening and
realizing reality. In fact, we don’t even have a faded memory of rolling over
or straightening a blanket.

 According to scientists, our sleep-cycle is regulated by an internal biological clock, also known as circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is responsible for your activeness
throughout the day. Our bodies set some natural times for sleeping and awakening.
Therefore, your brain continuously looks for biochemical balance between these
two states. When this balance is heavier towards the sleeping cycle, you feel
lethargic and tired. Circadian rhythm explains why many people prefer an
afternoon nap.

 During afternoon, the internal biological clock tends to drop in alertness, followed by a boost in your energy, which lasts for some more hours. It is important to understand that
these patterns are altered with changes in your lifestyle and age. A baby’s sleeping
patterns will never be the same as an adult. Similarly, an adult’s sleeping
patterns will not be the same as an elderly person. Studies suggests that a
healthy sleep cycle can offer numerous health benefits. In this post, we’ve
discussed some of the most common sleep benefits.

Healthy Sleep Affects Hormonal Levels 


 Your sleeping cycle has a major impact on the hormonal levels in your body. Improper balance in hormonal levels can cause various health problems in your body. Here’s how sleep affects some hormones in your system :

 Ghrelin and Leptin – Sleep can affect the levels of many different
hormones in your body. There are two hormones which play an important role in
suppressing and stimulating your appetite, and keeping you in good shape. They
are called ghrelin and leptin. Leptin is produced by the fall cells. It is
responsible for suppressing your appetite.

 On the other hand, ghrelin is produced by the stomach, and stimulates your hunger. Lack of sleep can lower the level of Leptin in your body, while increasing the level of Ghrelin. This can result in an increased appetite. The opposite is also true. When you get
sufficient sleep, it reduces your hunger, and therefore, helps you manage
weight and focus on health eating.

Growth Hormone – When you’re sleeping, the pituitary gland secretes
a lot of growth hormone. This does not happen when you’re awake. Growth
hormones are responsible for stimulating cell regeneration, growth and
reproduction. In addition to this, growth hormones also help you build muscles.
Due to this, higher levels of growth hormones mean an increase in your
metabolic rate.

Cortisol – If you’re able to get 8 hours of sleep at night, it can
lower the levels of cortisol in your blood. On the other hand, lack of healthy
sleep can raise cortisol levels. With higher levels of cortisol, your metabolic
rate decreases. Cortisol is responsible for breaking protein down into glucose.
In case you have a lot of glucose in your body, it starts getting stored as
fat. Moreover, cortisol can also interfere with your body’s ability to get lean and build mass. In order to stay healthy, it is important to keep cortisol levels low in your blood. Balancing cortisol levels in the body is one of the most important sleep benefits.

Curb Inflammation


 Inflammation has always been linked to stroke, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and many other health problems. According to researches, curbing inflammation is one of the key sleep benefits. People who have a healthy sleep cycle are less prone to inflammation than those who lack good sleep.

Lower Stress 

 When it comes to health and well being, stress is one of the most common and major causes for various health disorders. Lack of a good night’s sleep can increase your stress levels and make you prone to many different health problems. It may also affect your cardiovascular health.

Manages Depression

 Sleeping well improves your mood and makes sure you’re able to avoid irritability. This helps you manage any signs of depression. In fact, it makes you less likely to suffer from depression in the future. Healthy sleep leads to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Sleep Manages Weight 

 During your REM sleep, the brain is more active than other stages. In some cases, it can even be more active than when you’re awake. Such brain activity requires fuel for thought. Thus, your body starts utilizing glucose to produce this energy required to handle
heightened brain activity. This means less glucose gets converted to fat.  In most individuals, sleep follows a fairly predictable and particular cycle every night. This has been explained below.  When you’re asleep, your brain goes from :

 ●  Wake to Stage One

●    From Stage One to Stage Two

●   From Stage Two to Stage Three and State Four

●   Back to Stage Two

●   Into REM sleep

According to studies and researches, REM sleep just gets longer as the night progresses. Due to this, your body gets more REM sleep during early morning hours. Lack of sleep can
lead to cutting off the most important cycle in your sleep – REM sleep. This is
the cycle during which your brain uses most calories, and burns more fat. This
can have a major impact on your waistline. According to a recent study, people
who don’t get enough healthy sleep for over an year can easily add up to 14
pounds extra weight.

Rest and Recovery 


 Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to improve your overall fitness, health and well being. There’s no doubt that regular workouts help you maintain good cardiovascular, mental and physical health. However, when you workout on a regular basis, you tire your
body, and even inflict minor injuries to your muscles.  In order to improve your
performance, you need to give some time to your body to heal. When you’re
sleeping, your body recovers quickly. When you don’t get enough sleep, you
constantly stay fatigued. Your performance level also drops. Getting enough
healthy sleep allows your body to rest, grow stronger and recover.

 Sleep is one of the most important factors in maintaining overall good health and well being. It can suppress your appetite, make you sharper, improve brain function and increase your metabolic rate. Most importantly, it also allows your body to recover and rest. Therefore, besides leading an active lifestyle, and even maintaining a balanced
diet, you should make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

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