Providing the body with nutrients is one of the most important steps to well-being. But we give you even more on the way – today facts & trivia about sleep and its most important functions! While we sleep peacefully, our bodies are running at full speed.
A paradox? No! During our sleep, our clean-up squad works on the regeneration of the body: At night, for example, the free radicals get a kicking. Damage done during the day by environmental pollution, UV radiation, nicotine, stress and others is repaired.
That hormone that also makes us tired, melatonin, activates the repair team in our body at night. However, melatonin also has its limits. If the damage is too great, ruins remain here and there in the body – this is called the aging process. However, the more sleep, the more melatonin is produced. Logically, less can be repaired in 6 hours of sleep than in 8. AND: The darker the room, the more melatonin our body produces!
In parallel, our cell division rate is increased eightfold thanks to the growth hormone HGH. This is mainly secreted at night. What is the HGH good for anyway? The better the cells divide, the better our body functions. On the outside, of course, you notice it on the skin, but inside it looks the same! In fact, one of the main causes of skin aging is that cell division slows down after the age of 25. If it still takes place in 21 days at this age, it already takes about 40 days at 50!
BTW: Our hair also grows almost exclusively at night!
Have you ever wondered where those puffy eyes come from when you get up? If we eat carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.) in the evening after 5 p.m., the production of growth hormone is curbed. Not only does this lead to slower cell division, but for some, it also leads to puffy eyes in the morning! If you want to avoid this problem, try to eat only vegetables, fish and meat in the evening. In general, it is advisable to avoid carbohydrates in the evening. Why? HGH gets its energy from the fat depots. That’s why sleeping makes you slim! However, if we eat a carbohydrate-heavy diet in the evening, the HGH counterpart called insulin comes into play: it strives to store energy in fat, thus preventing HGH from doing its job. Any questions?
CONCLUSION: Supply the body with plenty of nutrients during the day, so that it has the chance to get us back into top shape at night! And then: darken the room and sleep looooong! We wish you a good sleep!