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What does our brain and body do while we sleep?

We know that everything we do during our daily routine influences our health and well-being; however, we often forget that our sleep habits are just as crucial to our health.


Yes, exercising, eating right, and finding a healthy way to deal with emotions and stress are all important parts of our day, but allowing our minds and bodies to rest and recover at night is just as important.


While some may think that the only consequence of poor sleep is feeling groggy or sluggish the next day, lack of sleep is actually linked to a number of health risks that can affect the body.


What does our brain and body do while we sleep?


While we sleep, our brain and body go through important processes that are necessary for growth, learning, memory, and recovery of the body's systems.


Also when sleeping, our brain processes information, stimuli and memories of the whole day. As the brain sorts through important information and memories, it clears out debris and excess information to refresh the mind, allowing the brain to start fresh in the morning.


Relaxed, deep sleep allows the body to rest and recuperate by rejuvenating the cells of the body while relaxing muscles and breathing slowly and deeply. Just as our minds must process information while we sleep, giving the body a rest will help major systems function properly. During the night, we experience various levels of sleep that allow the brain and body to rest and recuperate. When we shorten these processes, our mind and body have not had time to properly process and recover, which can cause long-term problems.


To learn about the consequences of poor sleep patterns, visit our blog on the subject here!

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