During the lifetime, an average person spends 227,468 hours or 26 years, sleeping!
So many years!
When we speak about sleeping – how much do you really know about sleep (except that is a relaxing condition)?
Have you ever wondered what help us or what is going on in this process?
The most important question is – what are the consequences of lack of sleeping?
You’ve already heard about researchers and scientists who have examined this subject to talk about “the phenomenon of sleep.”
Paralysis, loss of consciousness, and irregular, at first glance, foggy works of our mind called dreams.
Indeed, dreaming is nothing less than a phenomenon!
There are so many intriguing facts about dreams, but where are the answers?
Sleeping is just same as you are breathing, food and beverage physiological requirements without which we cannot.
The necessity of sleep we all know a long time ago.
But although the human race is slowly getting ready to start life on Mars, we are still not clear what exactly happens when we sleep.
Scientists do not have definitive answers to a lot of questions, but there are certain theories regarding the function of sleep.
These are some of the most widespread and the most logical:
Reconstruction of cells and tissues
Our body and all body systems are trying during this relaxing period to “return”, compensation (or further build) everything they spent during the day.
This applies to energy systems, hormones (growth hormone, melatonin), tissue (muscle-skeleton, organs), cardiovascular (heart and circulation) and others.
Our body is brought into a unique state of relaxation.
The breathing and heart rate slow down, the temperature body and blood pressure decrease, the muscles relax, the organs in our body are synchronizing …
Simply – all systems are updated and synchronized with each other.
Consolidation of brain processes and regulation of memory
Although we might unconscious, our brain is working during sleeping.
During the day we receive too much information which is necessary to handle.
The neural pathways and synapses of important information are strengthening and reinforcing, and irrelevant are deleting.
That is, what is our brain assessed as important or useful to put in a drawer at his storage (just in case), and the rest of the information`s throw in “junk”.
Lack of sleeping
Frankly, I believe that I belong in the calm and poised people and I think that nothing can irritate me as sleep deprivation (even hunger!).
I do not know about you, but this is definitely one of the things that I go back to an infantile state of helplessness, irritability, and even anger.
They say that this is a normal reaction, and can also occur even these problems:
– Poor memory
– Lack of concentration
– Greater possibility for error
– Inability to make decisions and solve problems
– Poor discernment
– Reduced creativity
– Depression and irritability
– Lack of will
– Weakening immunity
– Expressed the perception of pain
– Impairment tolerance to unpleasant stimuli and stress in general
– Lack of energy
– Reduction in insulin sensitivity
– Increasing of appetite (more on that below)
Did you know all of those things mentioned above?
Yes, people get used to anything, but it does not mean that the effects and consequences of constant lack of sleeping will not somewhere accumulate.
Of course, that is accumulating, but also lead to serious health, and other, problems.
These below are all useful information`s
Sleeping and training
Here’s news: lifting weights do not make us stronger, sleeping is the key.
When we have training our muscles are damaging and during sleeping, they are recovering.
In the deep sleep, the growing phase of hormone secretion is the strongest, therefore, protein synthesis in the muscle tissue.
Also, I must mention the effects of two steroid`s hormones: cortisol and testosterone.
The lack of sleep is a form of stress, and the reaction to it is increased secretion of cortisol.
In addition, cortisol can cause atrophy (decomposition) of your muscle mass.
While cortisol rises, anabolic hormone (testosterone) decline, and, therefore, its effect on increasing muscle.
So, repeat training for training without adequate rest, will not lead to the desired results, and will increase the possibility of injury.
Training stimulates growth, but it happens at night.
Sleep and Weight Loss
It would be nice to think that is enough to dream of an ideal line, but sleeping certainly helps us on that way.
Specifically, good sleep affects the hormones in appetite – ghrelin and leptin.
Ghrelin stimulates hunger, reduce calorie consumption and increase fat storage.
Leptin, on the other hand, the satiety hormone sends signals to us that is enough of eating.
End of this fairy tales you can also try to surmise – as a result of lack of sleep, there is increased secretion of that “evil” hormone – ghrelin and decrease “good” hormone leptin.
Conclusion: whatever you want to achieve, without quality sleep just will not go.
Tips for better sleeping
– Establish a rhythm – the same time to go to bed and, at the same time, to wake up.
– Find a way to relax before going to bed – means without rocking and action movies.
– Sleep at night and reduce any source of light – melatonin is secreted only at dark and only at night
– Turn off all electrical devices: phone, TV, computer, etc.
– Avoid before bedtime: intensive training, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and strong food
– Set the good conditions for your sleep: tranquility, comfort, temperature, and others
As sleep contributes to better training and training contributes to better sleep.
For adults, is recommended 7-8 hours of sleep, although there are individual differences.
Did you know?
People can longer without food than without sleep.
Sleep deprived people will easily “fall” before the trials and will take larger portions of food.
The body will NEVER use to work in shifts.
Scientists have no idea why we are twitching in sleep.
They know that this is a transition from one sleep stage to another, but the reason of twitching is still unknown.
Lack of sleep may increase hunger by as much as 25%.
Sleeping after learning something new, significantly increases the chances to remember it.
50% of our dreams we forget in the first 5 minutes after waking up and within 10 minutes 90%.
Koalas sleep 22, a giraffe 1.9 hours a day.
Snails can sleep up to three years;
Record in “sleepless night” is eleven days;
Leonardo da Vinci and Nikola Tesla were slept 2 hours a day;
It is impossible to sneeze in the sleep.
Life may sometimes have a faster rhythm, but the dream is something that you should have definitely.
Find a way to remove the worries, move away the guilt and the peacefully go to bed.