1. The brains never sleeps
In fact, your brain is almost as active during the night as during the day!
2. Best time for memory storage
It’s while you sleep that your brain cements the most memories, making them long-term. The important stuff gets stored while the things we don’t really need gets trashed.
3. Better sleep, better brain power!
Connections between brain cells are strengthened or weakened during sleep, depending on how much we used them during the day.
4. Your organs slow down during sleep.
Your liver for example goes from detoxifying during the day to building and synthesizing while you sleep. Your heartbeat and blood pressure drop, and your gastrointestinal system takes a rest break too. That’s why it’s better to avoid big meals before bed.
5. You’re paralyzed in REM sleep
That’s right! Except for eye movement and breathing! Muscle paralysis during this phase of sleep is to prevent you from kicking or running while you’re dreaming. This paralysis only lasts about 20 minutes.
6. Hormone production
You produce growth hormones with a good night’s sleep. Not the performance-enhancing kind of course, but the kind that we need throughout our lives to thrive and grow healthy.
7. You do get more beautiful with sleep!
Beauty sleep isn’t just a saying, it’s true! While you sleep, your body repairs itself. Wrinkle lines smooth out, hair grows longer and thicker, and your skin regenerates itself.