Often after a long and hard day, all we crave is to crawl in our beds to get the best night’s sleep possible. With that in mind, you may be glad to hear that sleep is incredibly important to our minds and bodies.
When you have kids, we all know it’s hard at the best of times to get a good night’s sleep, so you have to grab every opportunity you can. Sleep allows our bodies to recharge ahead of the next day, and a lot of essential processes happen during this period. Without it we wouldn’t function properly.
During the process of sleep, some incredibly important mental and even physical processes take place. Our brain functionality improves, and memories are created and kept. It also benefits our emotional wellbeing and even helps to aid our muscle growth and recovery.
Research suggests we need around 7 – 8 hours of sleep a day to be able to function to our full capacity, and allowing our minds and bodies to be fully functioning the next day.
What actually happens when we sleep?
As our bodies rest while we sleep, we start to conserve energy and our blood pressure begins to decrease, alongside our body temperature, breathing and heart rate. Our brain remains active, and this is when memories start to be created and logged. Our muscles repair and grow as we sleep, so if you are a keen gym goer, this is when this process takes place.
There are several stages and cycles we go through, from the following:
Step 1, Light Sleep: During the first stage we enter into a light sleep and start to slowly make the transition between being asleep and awake. We can be very easily woken, and our eyes are moving slowly.
Stage 2, Eye Movement Stops: Eye movement completely ceases, and we begin to enter into a light dream state.
Stage 3, Deep Sleep: One of the deepest stages of sleeping, we become hard to rouse, and the temperature of our body begins to decrease rapidly.
Stage 4, Deep Sleep: Our temperature continues to decrease, and our brain starts to use less energy. If you are a sleepwalker, this is when that phenomenon occurs.
Stage 5, Rapid Eye Movement (REM): As the name suggests, our eyes start to move rapidly, and this stage is when most dreams occur. Our blood pressure and heart rate begin to increase, and our limbs become paralysed.
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How can you ensure you get the best night’s sleep?
There are several ways you can ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible. Having the right bed is a great start. Beds from Bed Guru will ensure you have a blissful and perfect night’s sleep. Make sure you get the right mattress for your body, there are several different types and firmness ratings, so do your research first!
So with all that in mind, hopefully, you can see just how important a good night’s rest is, so grab your pillow and give yourself the night’s sleep you deserve!
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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