Why We Sleep


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Why we sleep? When a person becomes sleep deprived, their bodies can not rest and restore its energy. People (and animals) will begin to eat more to supply their bodies with energy. Your body will start to experience microsleeps.

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Why We Sleep

  1. 1. Why We SleepWhy we sleep is still somewhat of a mystery. What doctors and scientisthave discovered is what our bodies are capable and incapable of doing withand without sleep.We are all aware of the way we feel after agood, uninterrupted night of sleep. We alsoknow that we feel exhausted if we lie in bedawake, or are awakened several times duringthe night. If you understand why we sleep, itmight help you find the time and methodsthat get you a good nights rest.In order to maintain good health, you needto eat, exercise, and sleep well. As long as abalance is maintained, you will have more energy, be alert, function to yourbest ability, and have a happy outlook on life. My eBook discusses in detailwhat exactly happens to your body when you go to sleep and how you cantlive without it."work 8 hours, sleep 8 hours, and have 8 hours of fun"While you are snoozing, you are nurturing body and brain development.With the proper amount of rest, your muscles, bones and skin can bothgrow and repair themselves. You will be able to fight off illness more easily,
  2. 2. concentrate and absorb new concepts efficiently, and remember what youhave just learned.Most of us find it easier to go to bed after dark. Have you ever askedyourself why we sleep better at night? There is a good reason. Your brainproduces and releases melatonin at night. This is a chemical that makesyou drowsy, and that is why it is better to sleep in a bedroom that has nolights or television on.Conversely, as the room brightens in the morning, the supply of melatonincuts off and you wake up. Thats why our parents pulled back the curtainsor opened the blinds to get us up for school when we were children! Andthat is why so many of us feel like we could sleep all day when its cloudy.There are five stages in a normal sleep cycle; each lasting about ninetyminutes. In stages 1 and 2 you fall into a light sleep, and are easilyawakened. In stages 3 and 4 you fall into a deeper and more restful sleep,with slower, more even breathing. Stages 3 and 4 can be likened to refillingyour gas tank, or refueling your body by replacing spent calories. Stage 5 iswhen your brain gets active and dreams occur. Related ArticlesThe Energy Conservation Theory explains the needfor complete rest as a time to reduce energy Circadian Rhythmsexpenditure, and suggests that night is the most 5 Sleep Stagesappropriate time to do so, since it is the most What is Insomnia?difficult time to procure food (obviously referring What is Sleep Apnea?to farming, hunting, and scavenging). What is Narcolepsy?It explains why we sleep; it has been proven that your metabolism goesdown as much as ten per cent while at rest; reducing both your bodytemperature and the amount of calories needed, and giving your body therequired time to restore what has been used up while you were awake.
  3. 3. When a person becomes sleep deprived, their bodies can not rest andrestore its energy. People (and animals) will begin to eat more to supplytheir bodies with energy. Your body will start to experience microsleeps. Amicrosleep in essentially a mini blackout where the brain shuts downautomatically for 1 to 30 seconds no matter what the person is doing. Theperson experiencing them usually does not know they are happening. Thisbecomes very dangerous for people in high risk jobs, and especially drivers.When acute sleep deprivation becomes chronic, a person will experiencememory problems, confusion, body and muscle aches, dry eyes and skin,loss of motor skills, depression, hand tremors, hallucination and if nottreated, eventually death. Not being able to get to sleep at night can be a horrible experience - at night as well as throughout the following day. But it doesnt have to be that way - sometimes all it takes is a few lifestyle adjustments. Learn what you need to know to instantly fall asleep each night in the sleep ebook, Get to Sleep Now! 39 Ways to Guarantee Your ZZZs.