Most of us spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Yet for something that we do so much, there are surprisingly a lot of things about it that we don’t know. There are entire clinics dedicated to helping people with sleep disorders and a large amount of scientific research focusing on all the amazing things that happen after we’ve dozed off.
Sleep is important for so many reasons and a lot goes on in your body and brain while you sleep, though it may not look like it at first glance. Here are 15 weird things that happen when we sleep.
15 You Purge Useless Information
14 You Move Your Eyes Rapidly
13 You Lose Weight
12 You Become Paralyzed
11 You Solve Your Problems
Have you ever gone to bed unable to complete a challenging math question, only to wake up with the answer all of a sudden? This is surprisingly not uncommon and could explain the phrase "sleep on it." While you may think that your brain is resting while you’re asleep, it’s actually working to solve the problems you may worry about during the day. Researchers believe that sleep allows you to access a network of associations in your brain that may help you to solve the problem (this is known as spreading activation).
10 Your Sense Of Smell Plummets
9 You Pass Gas Easier
8 Your Dreams Keep Repeating
7 You Think You're Falling
6 You Release Growth Hormones
5 You May Even Walk
4 You Might Talk Too
3 Or You Could Just Text Instead
2 You Think Your Head Exploded
1 You Become Aroused
You might think that dreaming about your fantasies is what causes arousal while you’re sleeping, but there’s a more scientific explanation to the phenomenon. During REM sleep, your brain is so active that it requires more oxygen. As a result, the blood flow to your body increases. And you know what a rush of blood down below means. Both men and women may become aroused while sleeping. In rare cases, some people even have sex or engage in sexual behaviours while sleeping, a condition known as sexsomnia. Though the exact causes of this condition are unknown, perhaps being naturally aroused during sleep is a trigger for some.
Sources: ChicagoTribune, Cosmopolitan, EveryDayHealth, SleepFoundation, dailymail.co.uk
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