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10 fun-facts about sleep

The average human spends about 227,760 hours sleeping, and it's during this time that the brain triggers the process of healing for the body. Sleeping is a vital part of overall health, but how much do you really know about such a crucial activity?

Here are 10 fun facts on sleep for you to learn more:

  1. The circadian rhythm is a little system in your body which regulates when you sleep and when you wake up. The best way to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm is to maintain a regular and consistent sleeping-waking schedule, and this will in turn help you regulate your personal eating patterns.

  2. Know how you always keep one feet out of your blanket? That is your body's way of physically regulating its temperature for sleep. It is said that the optimum temperature to fall asleep in is at 18.3 degrees Celsius, but this would differ across individuals. So start setting your room's temperature there, and play around to find what works best!

  3. That drop in energy that makes you want to doze off after lunch usually comes from your body working extra hard to breakdown your food. So next time you think you're lazy, think twice, your body is working hard!

  4. Shoutout to all side sleepers! Did you know, it is best to sleep on your left for various health benefits? This sleeping position actually relieves the pressure off your blood vessels trying to pump deoxygenated blood back through the right side of your heart.

  5. It usually takes 10 - 20 minutes for us to fall asleep. If you were to knock out from anything less than it is a sign of lethargy and exhaustion. Take things easy during the day, and you will find it easier to fall asleep in the night.

  6. Did you know that elevating your legs during bedtime helps with your blood circulation? Everytime your legs are set at above your heart level, that helps your blood flow back to your heart, ultimately improving your overall blood circulation.

  7. It is impossible to catch up on sleep. A study in Harvard has shown the adverse effects of losing sleep and trying to catch up with it. So the best way to prevent this is to have healthier sleeping habits overall!

  8. We tend of forget 50% of our dreams within the first 5 minutes of waking up. It is believed that our dreams represent repressed thoughts, so if you are looking at decoding your dreams, grab that journal and write things down within that time limit!

  9. It is best to not look at your screens at least 30 minutes before bed. When your body is preparing for bed, it naturally finds rest when the lights are off. Why do you think it is so easy to doze off whenever someone switches the lights off for a powerpoint presentation?

  10. Meditation actually can help improve your sleep. The relaxation that comes with meditation actually comes from the reduction of cortisol, a stress related hormone. Being in this practice also helps increase melatonin levels which actually helps you fall asleep, so when insomnia comes, why not try meditating?

In understanding how our bodies work, we can find ways to improve our relationship with our physical body. When our bodies are functioning as healthily as possible, it would then be able to serve us in all our experiences across life, and its the ultimate act of self-love.

 

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