Have you thought about the events that take place or thought about what happens with your body senses while you are asleep? The general belief is that the body is in a rest phase, regaining strength, and so on.
All these are facts, but it’s not as easy as we think it is. So, besides the common things you think happens when you sleep, we will share with you in this article of 10 things that happen to us when we sleep.
What you are about to find out may be interesting, helpful or terrifying.
1. Falling: Most of us have experience that sudden feeling of falling that wakes you up instantly. You may think this fall feeling is a physical sensation combined with hallucination, but it is not; what you’re thinking about it’s just a brain reaction to a wrong perception of the data you have.
This falling sensation is because your brain is already asleep while your body is still awake. It sometimes happens when you’re exhausted, or you’ve had a stressful day, or you just haven’t slept in two days. In this case, the brain doesn’t await your body and falls asleep as soon as you touch the pillow by the way.
There’s another syndrome caused by fatigue known as the exploding head syndrome; it’s when you suddenly wake up because of a loud sound or a flash of light in your eyes. Things like this may frequently happen if you deprive your body of sleep.
2. Paralysis: Some people may wake up in the middle of the night to do something, like drink water or use the toilet only to discover that they can’t move any part of their body like they have lost control; this is scary. Furthermore, you see all the things around you, hear all the sounds and feel all the smells.
Some people suffering from this weird syndrome only feel the paralysis, but others even feel that they can’t, and some scary creature is sitting on that chest tried to strangle them and take their soul away. The reason for this is because while falling asleep or waking up, your body is still sleeping while your brain is already awake.
Stress and sleep deprivation are the triggers of paralysis, and many people experience this when they sleep lying on their back. Thus, stick to your sleep schedule to avoid this.
3. Sleepwalking: This is somehow funny, especially if you are not the victim. Have you seen someone sleepwalk, you will end up laughing, especially when you see the things they do while asleep and tend to forget when they wake up.
Most victims cannot remember what transpired even when told. However, sleepwalking may also be dangerous. The reason is you can easily stumble over something, fall out of a window, raid the fridge, get out of your house, and even start driving your car. You will start sleepwalking if you wake up enough to activate your body but not your brain.
4. Sleep talking: This is somehow similar to sleepwalking, but in this case, instead of doing something, people say all kinds of things in their sleep from poems to insults. If you happen to witness something like this, don’t wake up the talker to tell them what you really think of them because they don’t mean to do it.
This activity happens in the first two hours after falling asleep when the body is already in the deep face sleep while the muscles have enough strength to reflect the content of the dreams and the emotions from the day.
Things like this happen due to some unfinished business we have, so while sleeping, the brain tries processing them.
5. Sleeping nose: We can refer to this as when your nose is sleeping. Well, there are certain activities like loud and sudden noise or your alarm that can wake you up instantly. But there is an organ in the body that’s impossible to wake up; your nose, even the densest smells cannot wake it up.
Although your brain does process them, it happens because the information collected by your olfactory is fusing with the image from your dream. So, if you’re asleep while someone is preparing something nice close to you, you may end up eating something nice in your dream – but not even the disgusting smell of a rotten egg or the pleasant smell of mint can wake up.
This may sound nice, but on the other hand, this is also the reason for a great percentage of deaths during fires.
6. Sleepy eyes: If you think that your eyes doze off along with you when you fall asleep, then you are wrong. They do rest, but at the same time, they’re still. When a person falls asleep, the eyes roll up protecting the retina from the light.
In the deep sleep phase, the eyeballs move slowly under the lid because of an active flow of the blood to the muscles and internal organs. In the fast sleep phase, the blood flows to the brain activating the thought process in making us see colorful dreams and the eyes move according to them.
These happen both in humans and animals. You can observe this if you own a cat, while it is sleeping, you’ll see in which direction the mouse in its dream was running.
7. Eternal youth: if you’re familiar with the name of Sofia Loren, you probably know that this Italian beauty still looks extraordinarily prissy for her age. When journalists asked her about her secrets of eternal youth, she always says it was just because of healthy sleep; true facts. According to scientists.
when you sleep, your body temperature and pressure drop, your heart relaxes, and recovery process begins. Besides when we sleep, our organs produce collagen and protein which strengthen the vessels and make your skin more elastic.
So, after a long and healthy sleep, you don’t need some cream with special particles of something difficult to pronounce because your body rejuvenates itself.
it means you can regenerate every day like a superhero; during your sleep, the body tissues get renewed, the oxygen metabolism increases, the toxins get removed.
8. Growing up in your sleep: you’ve probably heard your mom or your grannies say that if you fly in your sleep, it means you’re growing up. However, you don’t really need to fly to grow up a little. We’re about to reveal a secret to you, the next time you’re ready to go to bed, measure your height and then repeat the procedure in the morning.
We promise you’ll be surprised, but don’t get your hopes up, it won’t be more than half an inch; it happens because when you fall asleep, you’re in vertical disks.
Your body doesn’t get the kind of pressure they get during the day, so they stretch out for more room, it makes your spinal columns straighten but unfortunately not for a long time. In the afternoon you will have same heights again, and it happens like this every day.
9. Brainwork: You are wrong if you think your brain stops functioning at night. The brain is always active; it keeps controlling all the processes in your body but a slightly different mode. When asleep, your brain cells switch to a more peaceful pace.
Gradually, they process all the information you’ve got during the day and then distribute the data into the right directions of your brain using little shelves in your head, and this happens in your brain every night. Now imagine the consequences of constant sleep deprivation, you may end up mixing different facts and keeps forgetting the most important things.
A study was carried out by a group of German scientists where they asked a group of volunteers to solve a hundred mathematical problems.