What Getting Enough Sleep Does for Your Body
May 16, 2019
Sleep plays a vital role in your physical health. And
getting enough sleep each night protects your body from both mental and
physical health problems. We all know what it feels like to wake up energized
after getting a full night of rest and equally understand what it feels like to
function on a mere few hours of sleep. The way you feel while you’re awake is
largely dependent upon what happens while you’re asleep.
During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain
function and maintain your physical health. For those who exercise regularly
and put strain on their muscles, sleep helps support muscle recovery. While you
may “feel fine” functioning on little sleep, that doesn’t mean your body does. Kids and teens on average need
about 9.5 hours of sleep per night, while most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a
night. Many people think they will be able to catch up on sleep during the
weekend, but if your sleep deficit is too high, this method will be
ineffective. Without adequate sleep, you might feel sluggish, feel incapable of
performing daily activities, and you may suffer from body aches and pains.
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep
accounts for 20-25% of total sleep time. REM sleep provides energy to your
brain and restores the mind for waking hours. Non-REM sleep makes up 40% of
total sleep time each night. This phase of the sleep cycle is essential for
muscle recovery and repair. Your body is replenished with increased blood flow,
while oxygen and nutrients are delivered to your muscles and tissues for
healing and growth.
It’s true that getting
enough sleep can help your muscles grow, but without enough sleep, muscle
mass can actually decrease. This
isn’t great news for those who participate in vigorous physical activity and
skimp on a full night of rest. If you participate in physical activity on a
daily or weekly basis, it’s important to prioritize your sleep schedule and set
your body up well for a long life of being healthy and feeling well-rested.
If you’re experiencing lingering muscle pain, it may be due
to a lack of sleep. Talk to a physician about your pain and schedule an appointment at Campbell Clinic today.