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Why Our Bodies Love Sleep So Much

October 16, 2015


Why Our Bodies Love Sleep So Much

Considering that we spend up to a third of our lives sleeping, it is no surprise that our bodies are designed to love sleep so much. After all, not only is it refreshing, revitalizing and reinvigorating, with the right bed it can be the best part of your day (or night). But what exactly happens to your body when you sleep and why does your body love it so much?

There are three stages of falling asleep before the blissful REM sleep. Stage one of falling asleep is normally a few minutes after lying down in bed. During this period your start to relax and your eye movement starts to slow down. During this period you are not asleep and will jump back to full consciousness instantly if you are disturbed.

Stage two is a longer than stage one and usually involves your breathing slowing down as your body temperature drops. You will start becoming slightly grogging and if disturbed your will be easily woken, but you might not be too happy about it or understand exactly what is going on.

While the first two stages of sleep are restful, the real beauty sleep, pun intended, starts in stage three of sleep. During this stage of sleep you start refreshing your body and mind as your energy levels are restored. Hormones that are released during this period assist in encouraging your cells to regenerate.

The final stage of sleep is REM sleep. It is during this stage of sleeping that you start to dream deeply. You are now in a deep state of sleep and you are difficult to awaken. If you are woken you can be very groggy and confused. While you are in REM sleep your body doesn’t move as much anymore as your muscles prevent movement.

Of course getting to this final state of sleep can take between a few minutes and an hour, depending on how tired you are, your sleeping patterns and of course how comfortable you are. If you find that you are constantly tossing and turning and struggling to sleep, you should start thinking about either cutting down on the coffee or getting a new mattress that is more suitable and comfortable.


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