Sleep Health: How Sleep Affects Your Brain
Sleep is a time of rest and quiet. Sometimes your body will indicate that you need rest, but your mind might not quite agree with what your body is telling you. When you lay down for sleep your heart rate and blood pressure lower, as well as your body temperature, and that is because our body is falling into a restful period. What you might not know is that while you are sleeping your brain is actually very active! So how do you get a good night’s rest with a restless mind?
The Brain During Sleep
There is still a vast amount of research being done on the brain and what happens during sleep. The hypothesis of what happens in your brain while you sleep: the brain uses sleep to strengthen pathways between cells and gives itself a good cleanup. According to a study by the University of Michigan Health System, “When we're born, our brains aren't very organized. Every brain cell talks to lots of other nearby cells, sending and receiving signals across connections called synapses. But as we grow and learn, things get a bit more stable. The brain pathways that will serve us our whole lives start to organize, and less-active, inefficient synapses shut down.” Sleep helps those cells grow and become more stable throughout our entire lives.
What Does Sleep Got To Do With It?
When you are sleep deprived your thinking process can be slowed down. Simply put, you need sleep for health brain function. When you wake up feeling fresh and on top of things, it’s because you’ve got the best and best amount of sleep for your brain and your body. Healthy sleep helps you memorize and concentrate better, and improves your reaction time. Improves your ability to make good decisions and help you have a more clear understanding, keeping your brain from being confused and risky behavior at bay.
Help Your Sleepy Brain Make The Best Decisions
There are loads of things you shouldn’t do when you are sleep deprived. Things that can put you or your loved ones in harm’s way. For instance, things that slow reaction times:
● Driving while sleep deprived is dangerous.
● Operating heavy machinery or equipment at work can be harmful.
Sleep also affects your mood. People who consistently miss out on sleep are at a risk of developing poor relationships, work habits, and even put themselves at risk of developing depression. One of the most common signs of depression is lack of sleep or insomnia, and that’s because our brains really do need our body to properly rest. When sleep is disrupted or inadequate, it can lead to increased tension, vigilance, and irritability - so be sure to see a doctor of health professional if you constantly find yourself not getting a good night’s sleep.
There are some things you can do in the comfort of your home to make sure your brain is getting your body the rest that it really needs!
What Can You Do To Get Better Sleep?
● Pick up some amazing sleep habits.
● Add in a healthy diet.
● Get the recommended amount of sleep.
● Talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns and habits.
● Turn your room into a sleep haven and sanctuary to promote amazing brain health!
- Romell Bhaala