Sleeping is weird. After a long day of school or hanging with friends, our bodies get tired and we just kind of shut off. Well, not really shut off, but we become unconscious for a few hours and have weird things happen in our brain, AKA dreams. When you really think about it, laying there for so long with no idea what’s going on is actually a little scary. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sleeping, and it’s really important! But it can be a little unnerving to lay in a bed for several hours. What is actually happening to us while we lay there and have dreams about Harry Styles?!
Our bodies actually do a lot of work as we are snoozing. But what kind of work? What actually happens while you are asleep? I don’t mean to freak you out, but while you’re off in dreamland, your body is busy doing some weird stuff like dropping your body temperature or even making your horny. It’s all normal though, and helps your body function properly. Sleeping is a simple but important way to take care of your body. So, if you want to know more about what actually happens to your body while you’re asleep, take a look at the list below.
You Protect Yourself From Getting SickStudies have shown that sleeping, especially during the first signs of an illness like the common cold or the flu, can help your body's immune system fight off the disease. That also means that lack of sleep can make you more prone to sickness. Be sure to get your rest, girl. Image Source: iStock
You Wake Up A LotYou might think you sleep soundly through the night, but you actually probably don't! On average, your body will naturally wake up between five and 15 times per night. What's even weirder is that you normally fall back asleep so quickly that you don't even remember waking up. Think about it - it's pretty creepy. Image Source: iStock
You Get HornyDo you ever wake up super horny in the morning? There's a reason for that. Since your brain is really active during the REM cycle, it requires more oxygen, which increases blood flow to your body. When your blood flow is increased, it can make you feel turned on. So, while girls might not get wet dreams in the same way guys do, we do kind of get our own version. Image Source: iStock
You Lose WeightYep, you read that right. Obviously sleeping doesn't replace a workout, but you lose water weight while you sleep just by breathing. Getting a good night of sleep also refreshes you enough that you will have enough energy to burn more calories during the day. Moral of the story here is that sleeping is definitely good for anyone trying to lose weight! Image Source: iStock
You Get ColdHave you ever noticed you wake up and grab some extra blankets in the middle of the night? That's because your body temperature drops drastically through the night. It starts to lower in order to signal to your brain to produce more melatonin (the stuff that helps you sleep!). Image Source: iStock
Your Skin Gets StrongerBeauty sleep is a real thing, guys. As you catch some Zs, your body will produce more collagen, which will strengthen your skin and make it more elastic. What that means is that if you apply a face mask before bed, it will actually work better while you sleep. Image Source: iStock
You Become ParalyzedIt's important that your muscles stay paralyzed, or else you might try and "act out" your dreams, which is a condition known as REM Behavior Disorder. This condition makes your body unable to paralyze your muscles while you sleep, which could lead to sleepwalking. So, it might sound weird that your body is paralyzed, but it's actually a good thing! Image Source: iStock
Which of these facts surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!